I have now retired from paid education consultancy and independent educational research, although if an interesting research project came up, I might not say ‘no’ to it. I am continuing to blog about topics that interest me, but it is fair to say that my interests are changing.
I have been thinking for a while that it is time to update this profile page, but I will leave the text that I wrote in 2013 where it is for now.
Although 5 years have passed since I wrote the text below, it is only in the last 6 months or so that I have come to feel that it is no longer an accurate description of who I am.
About a month ago I realized that I no longer feel enthusiastic about taking on consultancy work. As such, I have taken the descriptor, independent consultant, off my email signature. I am now in my eighth decade and life seems too short to work on things that I no longer feel passionate about.
But, for now, I will keep referring to myself as an independent researcher, since I have co-authored and published a paper this year. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this paper and hope it won’t be the last paper I work on, but I won’t be too disappointed if it is.
With the realisation that my years ‘are numbered’, I am keen not to waste time on things I am not interested in and to remain open to new learning opportunities; these currently lie in philosophical subjects such as epistemology, ethics and philosophical literature. I closely follow the work of Iain McGilchrist and Stephen Downes, both of whom have influenced my thinking. I have realized that at this stage of my life, art, music, the natural world and interpersonal relationships are all becoming increasingly important. This, I think, relates to what Iain McGilchrist refers to as the need for an embodied life.
I have worked so hard for so long as an educator, that it feels strange to recognise that I am in a period of identity change, but I did update my profile photo at the beginning of this year, so that is a reasonable likeness of me as I am now!
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21-04-13. Welcome to my blog.
This is a Wordle of my Linked In Profile
It is pretty accurate in describing where I’m coming from although ‘Oxford’ does not mean that I live in Oxford or went to Oxford University, but I have worked for both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities in my capacity as an independent education consultant.
I live in Cumbria, UK and love walking on the Cumbrian fells.
I am also an active independent researcher. This is a Wordle of the Abstracts from my published papers, which again is surprisingly accurate. As far as possible I publish in open journals. I have listed my publications here on this blog. See Publications
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