Women on Walls

Three simple stories connected by a common thread.. The brilliant work by Accenture and the Royal Irish Academy last year in the commissioning of portraits was well highlighted and generated much interest. I felt immensely proud that my former employer undertook such a project and recognised the work of great female academics. Also last year,…

Unfamiliar or improbable?

“There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable” – Thomas Schelling, Harvard economist, in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Although the above quote is not at all in reference to education or technology – it nonetheless is related and important. There will inevitably be a wall in…

Individualism and Gratitude in Higher Education 

Higher education can seem somewhat individualistic. I remember one academic comparing teaching to an egg box – where we are all connected but work in individual silos. The mass individualism which may settle in some departments and schools can corrupt the culture and environment of a sector which must influence and educate. I reflect on, but…

Rule Number Six

Two Prime Ministers were sitting in a room discussing affairs of state.  Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk.  The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologises, and withdraws. …