UK economy Category

Universities – Shift

25th March 2020
The shift to online teaching is happening incredibly fast. Some university teachers have simply been asked to convert everything they do to PDFs and/or synchronous video lectures - while others have the benefit of learning technologists and educational technologists at hand to help them redesign their modules. How about your institution - what is it doing? What are the expectations in your own academic community…
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Public sector and local authority finance

18th December 2010
A quick post today, providing an insight into the approaches that the public sector is expected to take over the next few years: Rebalancing the Public Finances: the end of the beginning... (more…)
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Being made redundant (Part 2)

3rd December 2010
This article is the second in a series, aimed at helping you cope with redundancy before, during and after it happens – whatever role you hold now. Last week, I urged you to take time for yourself. To realise that you are not alone. To remember that it is the post - not you - that is no longer needed. And to find someone to talk to - who…
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Uncertainty or opportunity?

14th August 2010
At a recent Hampshire Economic Partnership seminar, the theme repeated around the room was uncertainty. As organisations look for new ways to sustain their activity, increasing numbers of employees are facing an uncertain future. I was interested to read the Labour Market Outlook from CIPD/KPMG and want to share it with you. The tough news is that a third of employers expect to cut jobs during…
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Innovation and the environment

9th March 2009
"Better to save a unit of energy than create a new one, however you create it" (Rt. Hon. John Denham, MP) A great afternoon at the University of Southampton on Friday. Who was there? The Rt. Hon. John Denham, Secretary of State for for Innovation, Universities & Skills and MP for Southampton Itchen Professor Debra Humphris, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education Academics, business people, support agencies and…
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Employee engagement gives you the edge

2nd February 2009
Being able to engage your employees really can give you an edge over your competitors, research suggests. A study by consultancy Towers Perrin has concluded that organisations with higher levels of employee engagement outperform their competitors in terms of profitability. (more…)
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Personalised support for small businesses

22nd January 2009
A great day at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth's Enterprise Pavilion. Fifty people focused on supporting small and new businesses, particularly those in the cultural and creative industries. Much discussion on entrepeneurialism, peer learning, mentoring, training, encouraging creativity and innovation, developing leadership skills, understanding markets, building networks... It seems that highly personalised learning experiences are invaluable in giving startups and those considering self-employment the confidence…
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Coaching through the recession

8th January 2009
Businesses looking to enhance creativity and productivity during turbulent times could find the answer in coaching. Addressing meaning and purpose in coaching sessions helps people to be more creative, more productive and reach their full potential, suggests a survey of more than 1,000 coaches carried out by Coaching at Work and the Association for Coaching. Top of the benefits cited were: increased work productivity (20…
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Straightforward communication

29th December 2008
The CIPD's annual barometer forecast is that the UK economy will shed at least 600,000 jobs in 2009. Overall, the 18-month period from the start of the recession in mid-2008 until the end of 2009 will witness the loss of around three quarters of a million jobs, equivalent to the total net rise in employment in the preceding three years. Mr Philpott said job losses…
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University of Southampton

Coaching, teaching and employability projects to develop academic staff, students and researchers. I career coached MBA students each year and project managed the design of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Digital Marketing, attracting 17,000 learners.


Writing national guidelines to help staff manage internships and placements

St. George’s Hospital

Working on career development strategies with early career researchers

National Oceanography Centre

1-1 career coaching to develop awareness of careers outside academia

Elsevier Publishing

Working on the future of publishing with European Marketing Directors


Designing and producing online and video based learning for IBM (UK) Sales

Oxford Brookes University

Team coaching and 1-1 coaching for education professionals

Open University

Leading teams of writers and media developers to design and deliver flexible distance learning

CGI | Admiral plc | Logica plc

Working with clients to train their staff online and as Admiral’s Corporate Marketing Manager

Isle of Wight Council

Coaching and support for staff affected by change and redundancy

University College London

Designing online learning for university professionals

Land Registry

Writing and sub-editing online versions of the Land Registry Annual Report

University College of Estate Management

Consulting to other universities and working with tutors to produce online learning

Royal Agricultural University
Centre for Empowering Patients and Communities

Project management of an online course to empower patients with long term health conditions

Education consulting

“Madeline is always spot on, always reliable, great to work with.”

(Partner in a university online learning project)