There is a lot of noise, perhaps even a little bit of hysteria, around ChatGPT. AI tools of this sort are becoming more mainstream; and alongside the challenges they may present for some aspects of our teaching and assessment, they also bring opportunities. ChatGPT is...
Patrick Hackett: Operations and change
It’s a rainy morning as I write this; I knew that before I opened the curtains as I checked the weather on my phone and read through the day’s headlines. Technology has changed the way we live and work beyond recognition, particularly in the last 10 years. That got me...
Helen Ashley: Why you should have your say
My first experience of the University of Manchester was attending a Women into Science and Engineering weekend course in 1987 with other teenaged girls from all over Greater Manchester.
Colette Fagan: REF2021 results countdown – what it is and why it’s so important
Research and discovery is a core part of our University’s mission and strategy.Like many, I am proud of the quality and reach of our research and the research environment which we provide to enable our researchers to thrive. The quality of our research and its impact...
Richard Smith: Don’t look up. Look inwards and outwards.
Don’t Look Up has become that rarest of things: a programme about climate change that’s got people talking and doesn’t feature Sir David Attenborough.
Patrick Hackett: Slowly emerging from upheaval – an opportunity to do things differently
I’ve been thinking about the potential opportunity to apply what we have learned through the pandemic to reshaping Professional Services as we move forward.
Karen Heaton: Why our hard-earned retirement is top of my agenda
How we will spend our hard-earned retirement has been top of my agenda this year. Not only because I will retire from the University in November, after 15 years of service, but also because the USS pension scheme has been facing challenges.
Danielle George: Blended and flexible learning – a look back and the road ahead
It’s fair to say that when it comes to teaching and learning, the past twelve months have seen seismic shifts – developments we might have expected to take close to a decade when we rung in the new year in January 2020 were suddenly compressed into a few months, with colleagues getting to grips with new technologies and rapidly moving their teaching online.
Gemma Dale: Wellbeing and the festive season
For some, the Christmas period will bring a welcome relief – reduced restrictions allowing family or friends to meet, or a chance to have a little fun and relaxation. For others this time will bring its own challenges. Much like the pandemic itself, our feelings and reactions to this particular holiday season will be unique and personal, and based on our own particular circumstances.
Gemma Dale: What does wellbeing mean?
Wellbeing is a somewhat imprecise term, meaning different things to different people. Some perspectives focus on overall life satisfaction or the pursuit of happiness. There’s a wide range of perspectives, definitions and models available, but an agreed definition still eludes us.