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,…

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. …

Defeat yet undefeated..

We can be destroyed by catastrophe, not just materially, but morally and spiritually. Trauma can destroy our characters; poverty can destroy; insult, neglect, war all can affect and destroy character. Yet one must admire those who do not bow to humanity’s moral fragility, but insist on resilience – the inner strength and that ability to…

Differences in the male and female brain? – in regard to STEM!

The controversial speech by then Harvard President Lawrence Summers in 2005 to the US National Bureau of Economic Research, and the debate afterwards, is interesting to review. He suggested one reason there are relatively few women in top positions in science may be “issues of intrinsic aptitude.” It’s this intrinsic aptitude, which I find interesting. Summers opened his…

If..

A poem which says much and is so beautifully recited.. IF If you can keep your head when all about you  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,   But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,   Or…