‘How to do Uni’

What key advice is needed by 6th-formers and others preparing to start University? I’ve added a page of brief suggestions to the ‘for students’ part of this website, accessible using the link at the right-hand side. I’m particularly looking for feedback on these suggestions, and (even better) for more ideas to go there.

Northumbria Students’ Conference: 21st February

Here are the main slides we used in my session. I took out the pictures and links which would have made the file far too big. The slides are in PowerPoint 2007 in a zipped folder. Great working with you – best of luck in your forthcoming assignments. Northumbria slides (612 downloads)
I was very impressed with your draft assignments on helping 6th formers to prepare for University – so you inspired me to have a go to produce a simple one-pager with the same mission, which you can download here: How to do Uni (581 downloads) . I was also very heartened by some feedback from you which Kay sent on to me – you can see that here too feedback (598 downloads) .

Visiting Professor: University of Plymouth

I’m honoured to be invited to take up this position for the next three years or so. I’ve had a long and pleasant association with Plymouth, ever since its former time as a Polytechnic, and it is a place which has always put teaching to the fore, as evidenced by being awarded four CETLS when such things were available. Visiting somehow seems more ‘alive’ than Emeritus, and I look forward to being on trains between Newcastle and Plymouth. Even better, Sally has been offered likewise, so we’ll try to visit together whenever we can.

EuroCHRIE 2010 Conference, Amsterdam

Phil failing to look distinguished!

 I was very proud to be awarded the EuroCHRIE ‘Laureate Hospitality Award’ for 2010 at a splendid gala dinner at the end of the conference in Amsterdam on the 27th of October. The citation speech said very kind things about my innovations in the field of learning, and the generosity of making things available on my website. The photo shows two things: (1) I do have a bow tie, and (2) my attempt to look like a ‘Laureate’ can only be described as sinister!

Normally when I’m in Amsterdam I head for the Concertgebouw, and excellent classical music. On this occasion however, I was only in Amsterdam for the evening of the dinner. Fortunately, between courses, two young violinists gave us all a spectacular performance, including Bach’s Toccata in D minor, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5 in E minor, and Grieg’s ‘In the hall of the mountain king’ (probably in A minor).

Musical enlightenment?