Admitting Failure – in impact

We have a conundrum. It is really hard to talk about failure. Admitting Failure is here to help. This is a community and a resource, created to establish new levels of transparency, collaboration and innovation within civil society. In my new job I will be assessing impact. Impact of science outside our university. It will […]

European attitudes towards environment

A year ago already, the EU published an interesting document on the attitudes of the EU27 about environmental matters. It is called the Special Eurobarometer 365. These reports are based on “in-depth thematical studies carried out for various services of the European Commission or other EU Institutions and integrated in Standard Eurobarometer’s polling waves” I […]

Immigration policy goes against British universities

I am saddened by this summer’s events in student migration/visa issues both here in the UK and in the NL. London Metropolitan University plays a big part in the widening participation agenda ..growing perception that the UK does not welcome these students, and is prepared almost without notice to jeopardise their education via Immigration policy […]

4 pm

Summer warmth and slight drizzle. And no brolly, of course. Soon it’s time to leave the desk with all the unfinished work and rush to the nursery. The next weeks leading to holiday are full of deadlines to meet, conference visit to Edinburgh, and more deadlines. However, deadlines are goooood! They make us jump and […]

Grand challenge: from Staff to Visitor and other stories

What are the grand challenges in our lives? For some it is the immediate future: get through this week, this cold or until next payroll. Or maybe until  the next holiday.. The list goes on. However, I was never that sort of a person.  I have always been a conscientious planner. My mother tells me […]