10 years on: the end of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in England (and “Creative” approaches to the job market)

This post is a little early, as applications were no longer available from Jan 2011 but we are now basically at the 10 year point for the EMA closing in England. It is still available elsewhere in the UK. First the bad, I worked in Further Education (16 year olds +) when the EMA existed… Continue reading 10 years on: the end of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in England (and “Creative” approaches to the job market)

Not all innovation is created equal

A few things lately have got me thinking, once again, about what innovation means, particularly in the area of online learning. The Covid crisis has brought a lot of this to the fore, for example the list below are just two things which have been day-to-day activities for me (and many others) for over a… Continue reading Not all innovation is created equal

Why I ticked the “share with network” button on my new LinkedIn job

2020 has been pretty tough so far on many people – I have been very lucky. Therefore, I was hesitant about alerting my LinkedIn colleagues on my new role – would it be bragging in the current economic and political climate? I decided that actually sharing some good news, something I have been working on… Continue reading Why I ticked the “share with network” button on my new LinkedIn job

Most recent role doth not maketh the person(?)

Imagine meeting people – at a conference, party, in the pub or at a dinner party.  How do you introduce yourself?  What do you talk about? Unfortunately it feels like too often we steer to current job as the primary focus of who we are, for example my favorite dating column always mentions age and… Continue reading Most recent role doth not maketh the person(?)

Do we just have to accept there is no going back ‘to the good old days’?

On many metrics the UK has flat-lined since the 2008 financial crisis, with arguably worse to come. This week London and other cities have seen major protests from environmentalists.  So, do we have to accept that with climate change and other socio-economic crisis there is simply no return to the optimism of the millennium? As… Continue reading Do we just have to accept there is no going back ‘to the good old days’?