Media in Scotland’s Communities – Prelude


I’ve been the chair of the Brilliant Scotland steering group for the last 2 years – the Media Trust ran project comes to an end in May – and it will end with a celebratory event in Craigmillar, Edinburgh on the 22nd of April. The focus is the title of this post. This post aims to pull together my starting…

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#HEAArts16 Abstract accepted – How can media education and digital participation support professional development for Higher Education professionals – or – “How do you solve a problem like Mahara?


I’ve been meaning to get this post up for the last few weeks, sorry it is only a quickie – things have been super busy – but do you know what? That isn’t a bad thing when you’ve been working away for a few months on a new job and focusing on that daaaammmnnn PhD write up. Back in January,…

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2015 done. 2016 goals.


The Internet is now slowly filling up with ‘new year, new me’ posts – and subsequently folk moaning about ‘new year, new me’ posts. I’m in the camp that setting accountable, bloggable goals works for me (and I didn’t really binge over xmas, kept things pretty mundane & hibernated for much of it) so I’m going to camp out on…

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#NaNoWriMo (& other things) for generative (& progressive) PhD writing – an update


Just under a month ago I wrote a blog post about how I aspired to be a #NanoRebel and aim to write over 50k additional words to my PhD as part of the annual writing flurry of #NaNoWriMo. With only 1.5 days left on November  – how did I do? 19142 new words associated with my PhD in the month of…

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Announcing the #socialmediaretreat – 2 day retreat for academic practice


I’m very excited to announce the next project that I am currently in the process of developing, the #socialmediaretreat to help support developing social media usage in academic practice. The first retreat has been supported by my PhD supervisor Prof. Rowena Murray and uses her well established structured writing retreat model as a basis for delivery of the retreat. It…

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Using NaNoWriMo for generative PhD writing


This is the academic year that I complete my PhD. I am very fortunate to attend writing retreats almost monthly now. I’m at one in Dumfries just now writing this in my final session – I was at Gartmore last week (6.8k words of introduction redraft banked) & I have two booked in November. I’m now watching friends and colleagues…

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