Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

This event took place in the Darwin Building at University College London on the 7th June 2017 and was organised by the Universities programme at UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service.  These are my personal notes which may be of interest to any researchers who wish to improve the profile of their work among policymakers. …

#oerrhub on the LSE Impact of Social Science blog

This is a duplicate of my article from the LSE Impact of Social Science blog which was published today.  You can find the original here. Much sharing and use of open educational resources (OER) is relatively informal, difficult to observe, and part of a wider pattern of open activity. What the open education movement needs …

My ORO report

I’ve just a quick look at my author report from the ORO repository of research published by members of The Open University.  I’m quite surprised to learn that I’ve accrued almost 1,300 downloads of materials I have archived here! An up to date account of my ORO analytics can be found at http://oro.open.ac.uk/cgi/stats/report/authors/31087069bed3e4363443db857ead0546/. I suppose …

Debating Digital Scholarship

I’ve just finished my public debate with Martin Weller on Digital Scholarship. The motion was as follows: “This house believes that, in the next decade, digital scholarship (in open journals, blogs, and social media) will achieve the same status in academic settings as traditional scholarship.” Martin argued for the motion and I argued against it. …

Because you’re worth it: the New College of the Humanities

There’s been a lot of debate over the last week about a new private undergraduate college with the power to award degrees (conferred by the University of London) for two reasons.  The ‘New College of the Humanities‘ (NCH) is roughly based on the American liberal arts college model in terms of its method and syllabus …

Badiou, Art, Philosophy

I recently attended Alain Badiou’s mini-course on The Relationship Between Art and Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at The University of Essex. I did something I wouldn’t normally do afterwards; making my notes publicly available.  They’re available on academia.edu and I publicised this fact with Facebook and Twitter.  So far I’m getting 2-3 hits a …