Vulnerability, Resilience and the Wild Seas of Auto-Ethnography: A Personal Reflection.

Making sense of personal experience is hard. When it isn’t hard, I fear self-serving simplifications, even when such narratives cast us in an unflattering light. Traumatic events in our lives operate below the surface, like the riptide that drags you away from the course you’re sure you are navigating. You can put a rudder atContinue reading “Vulnerability, Resilience and the Wild Seas of Auto-Ethnography: A Personal Reflection.”

Between Resilience & Vulnerability: Experiences of the Neoliberal Academy – Conference Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Between Resilience & Vulnerability: Experiences of the Neoliberal Academy conference will take place on May 15th, at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus Cheltenham. Click here for full details/poster There are more details over at the http://projectsoftheself.com/ blog, including the call for contributions.

What is academic challenge? Vulnerability, resilience, grit, stretch, toughness and the student experience.

Next month, Ros O’Leary and I will be attending ICERI2017, the 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. The title of our contribution is What is academic challenge? Vulnerability, resilience, grit, stretch, toughness and conceptualising the student experience. This will draw on our Model for Academic Challenge, that we have began to develop here, as well on the concernsContinue reading “What is academic challenge? Vulnerability, resilience, grit, stretch, toughness and the student experience.”

Teaching In Higher Ed podcast on Resilience in Education.

Recently, Dr Rivers and I were interviewed by Bonni Stachowiak, from Teaching in Higher Ed, for their podcast series. Ours was number 173 in the series, and there is a wealth of really exciting content to enjoy amongst them. We talked about our work on resilience, notions of grit, student welfare and mental health, and aContinue reading “Teaching In Higher Ed podcast on Resilience in Education.”

Hidden Narratives, Resilience & Vulnerability.

As, to a degree, previewed in a recent post, this week saw the How Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority event, here at Gloucestershire. I had the privilege of giving the opening session, on Social Media, and was then able to relax and listen to my colleagues. I’ll post another time about the Social Media talk, asContinue reading “Hidden Narratives, Resilience & Vulnerability.”

Critiquing Discourses of Resilience in Education

Sat at the Association of National Teaching Fellows one-day event in sunny Birmingham, I found myself engaging in passive-aggressive tweeting about bloody ‘resilience’. On my return, I complained about my disquiet with the way the term, and what it has come to stand for, have become pervasive in some parts of education. With great relief,Continue reading “Critiquing Discourses of Resilience in Education”

Talks / Papers

October 6th 2021 – will be invited speaker at Times Higher Education Student Festival on ‘Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went To University’ September 13th 2021 – delivered a paper ‘Conspiracy Theory, bad faith and the nature of belief?’ at Fantasy & Fandom conference. August 4th 2021 – Delivered an invited masterclass atContinue reading “Talks / Papers”

Publications

Recent Book – Waiting for Gotama – a set of dialogues. (With Dr Paul Fuller), Forthcoming Summer 2022 – under contract with Equinox Publishers ‘Building Cohort Identity through Social Media.’ Chapter in 2019: Social Media in Higher Education: Case Studies, Reflections and Analysis,Chris Rowell (ed.) Open Book Publishers ‘Resisting Resilience: Disrupting Discourses of Self-Efficacy’ (WithContinue reading “Publications”

Why it’s always personal… Rejection, failure and the University as a bad boyfriend

Dr Nicola Rivers and Dr Dave Webster [With a hat-tip to the Thesis Whisperer] Academia is fuelled by rejection. For every article accepted or funding bid won, numerous others will have been summarily rejected, with promising ideas never seeing the light of day. In fact the constant spectre of rejection is so widely acknowledged within the academicContinue reading “Why it’s always personal… Rejection, failure and the University as a bad boyfriend”

Stop Trying to Fix Students and Start Trying to Fix the University

Dr Nicola Rivers and Dr Dave Webster What do Universities do for students to help them secure a thriving future? They offer them mindfulness; sign them up to resilience programmes; advocate that they cultivate grit, and encourage them to promote themselves as personal brands, ready to do battle in the brutal arena of the precarious, broken gigContinue reading “Stop Trying to Fix Students and Start Trying to Fix the University”