Worked just a couple of days this week, as I had some leave to take, which otherwise I would lose as we approach the end of our leave year.
The threat and disruption of the omicron variant of covid-19 continues and I wrote a new piece for the blog of the preparations that universities may want to start thinking about.
We may not go into another lockdown situation, but are universities prepared to pivot again to online delivery and teaching?
We are hearing stories as universities wind up for the end of term that covid infections have been rising in the student population.
Anecdotally Covid seems to have completely exploded on university campuses this week. From tomorrow, if students test positive they won’t make it home for Christmas. And yet a surprising number of universities are teaching on campus until Friday.
— Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley (@lottelydia) December 14, 2021
This has implications for overall infection rates, but also for what universities will need to do next term.
I finished off a blog post about excellence on my other blog, which may be useful for some educational places.
You can have exceptional staff who are performing beyond expectations and still have an underperforming department or organisation.
My top tweet this week was this one.
"Rude alert! Rude alert! An electrical fire has knocked out my voice recognition unicycle! Many Wurlitzers are missing from my database. Abandon shop! This is not a daffodil. Repeat: This is not a daffodil."
— James Clay (@jamesclay) December 12, 2021
Mainly leave – Weeknote #145 – 10th December