Falling into the Heather

About failed adventures, resilience, and preparing for the new academic year. Last week we spend four days in the Cairngorms (Scotland), as a short break after the summer was all but relaxing. However, the weird and wonderful mechanisms of stress and being worn out saw me reaching some physical and mental boundaries. And led to … Continue reading Falling into the Heather

Zoom Break Zumba

This is one option, ten minutes dance-off while you are waiting for the next session to begin–by the by: beginning. Over the last couple of months people have been asking for suggestions of what do you do during these newly acquired breaks between meetings. You know the ones we used to use to run from … Continue reading Zoom Break Zumba


Over the last evenings I have been playing with digital and mixed media art to reflect on all the challenges faced working in higher education at the moment. In part these are responses to the irresponsible press articles demeaning online learning and teaching–it’s all just watching some videos after all, right?– dismissing the unbelievable amount … Continue reading Friday-Artday


As a little relief from remote working and self isolation sharing some photos from the garden and my daily walk, but also house plants. There have been a couple of articles making the rounds lately that indicate the postive impact of plants and house plants on mental health: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=949 https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/cravings/201909/11-ways-plants-enhance-your-mental-and-emotional-health But without further ado the … Continue reading GardenMoments

Context Switching

ADHD and the issue of context switching These last couple of weeks, a term made the rounds in our department which I had never heard before and which finally gave me a picture to an issue I had for a while. There seems to be some struggle with context switching at the moment. Which made … Continue reading Context Switching

Vulnerability, Possibility thinking and Resilience

Connecting the Dots: Culture of Vulnerability, Possibility Thinking & Resilience Friday thoughts in three dots I am currently working on a couple of projects and research ideas. Some of the conceptual considerations came (more or less) together this morning. Mind you this post is the mind-mappingly drafting of a draft in an attempted linear form. … Continue reading Vulnerability, Possibility thinking and Resilience