Strategies to Maximise Creativity and Productivity when Studying at Home
Studying at home, whether you are 15 or 50, can be a fantastic opportunity. But it must be done and approached the right way. You might think it’s a chance to swan around in your pyjamas and fluffy slippers, sipping coffee whenever you want. Obviously that should not be the case. However, it’s true to say that the reality of attempting to produce work of a solid quality, with all the incipient domestic distractions of the TV, kitchen, or the like, can be a difficult one to adjust to.
Excerpt from blog post - 27th March 2020
How A.I. and Conservation are Making Tracks and Waves
Conservation and ecology have long been underfunded areas of work. The need for large amounts of data and potentially many highly skilled, specifically trained scientists and conservationists, has traditionally presented issues of finance and subject specialism. This is especially true when huge banks of data from newly developed technology like camera-trap images or audio recordings need processing and understanding. Thanks to developing technology, such vast sets of information are now readily available. However, the question is: how do we process them with the speed and accuracy necessary to make them useful and meaningful?
Excerpt from blog post - 22nd April 2020
Why Study The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?
So what will studying the Humanities actually, broadly, offer? Aside from all the subject-specific knowledge, ‘training’ in the Humanities and Arts offers an unparalleled depth of personal growth and mental diversification. The development of a student’s ability to critique systems of behaviour, work and politics ensures that individuals are able view their work (and life) situation with a clear and reflective, empathetic yet unflinching gaze.
Excerpt from blog post - 27th April 2020
How the Hit on Travel Will Hit the Environment
The time it takes to provide support and recovery to environmental projects can have as much of an impact as the initial problem. Therefore, in order to ensure the planet we return to ‘post-lockdown’ retains its diversity and beauty, a global plan to take the positive environmental gains of the ‘great pause’ must be put in place. We should marry the current environmental benefits that do exist, with this plan. Its objective must be one of repair and growth for local, charitable and small-scale sectors as well as for major players. This bring the best outcome possible out of what is, predominantly, a global disaster.
Excerpt from blog post - 22nd May 2020
Does 2020 mark the Demise of the Handshake?
Cultural ‘coming together’ is a complex dance. When we meet ‘another’ the underlying cultural expectations and norms can set up our entire experience of this new entity before we speak or even know who they are. In much of ‘western’ culture, for possibly the past 600 years there has been an unspoken, physically played out prescription of pressing flesh, of touching palms in a gesture indicating benevolence, trust, and safety. To be short: the handshake.
Excerpt from blog post - May 2020
Synesthesia
Teaching has, in recent years, become more focused on understanding ‘the individual’ and encouraging them to use their unique set of styles and experiences to maximise their learning potential. This creates a learning environment in which synesthetes can well utilise their experience of the world and particular style of processing. It ensures that they are getting their learning in ways that are meaningful to them, and teachers can equally find another path (or two, or three) through which to engage their students.
Excerpt from blog post - May 2020
The Written Word: From Tangible to Digital and Back Again
The best place to look for answers is not necessarily in the statistics of the publishing houses, the articles in Times Literary Supplement or the lists of the New York Best Sellers. Rather, it is in the books themselves, as they become written and published in the midst of the social and cultural upheaval that follows such a global catastrophe. Perhaps a revolutionary new product will emerge. For now, though, there only one certainty: that the written word will continue to delight in all three formats simply because there is no way (yet) to meet all our intellectual and sensory needs simultaneously. The book/e-reader/app is dead. Long live the book/e-reader/app.
Excerpt from blog post - June 2020
The Nobel Prize Foundation
In the cities of Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway, the 10th December marks an important occasion, one which resonates around the world for its notability and impact. On this day the Nobel Prizes are awarded to individuals in the service of the Arts, Science and Humanitarian Aid. The separate prizes for Physics, Chemistry, Medicine or Physiology, and Literature are all awarded in Sweden but possibly the most famous, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in its own ceremony in Oslo. Since 1969 an additional prize has been awarded at the Stockholm ceremony, the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
Excerpt from blog post - June 2020
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai: Education’s Nobel Peace Prize Winners
The winners of the different prizes receive an amount of money that is determined by the Foundation. The entire prize is usually in the region of $1 million USD. In numerous years the prizes have had multiple winners, as was the case for Malala and Kailash. How the money is spent is not stipulated by Nobel or the Foundation and will depend on the circumstances of the recipient, their stage in life, their aspirations, and their needs. Many Nobel recipients donate their prize money to the causes or research they believe in. Many also ensure they have a greater level of financial stability, which in turn can then support them in pursuing the very subjects they were awarded for.
Excerpt from blog post - June 2020
Nobel Prize Refusals: Jean-Paul Sartre and Le Duc Tho
Unsurprisingly it was Tho and Sartre’s world views, philosophies and politics which propelled them to reject the notion of receiving their Nobel Prizes. The money was no longer an issue for them. The acclaim that they might have derived from the Prize was available to them simply through the act of being offered their respective Prizes, and the amount of energy and interest that they were both able to generate as a result of refusing was potentially beyond anything they could have achieved by accepting it.
Excerpt from blog post - June 2020
The Toppling of Edward Colston
Proponents of the need for these artefacts to remain ‘in situ’ often cite the need for democratic opportunities within which to deal with them, alongside the argument that to retain these images in the public realm is to ensure that history is learnt from and never repeated. 
Excerpt from blog post - June 2020
“Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun”
Creativity is something that we actively learn. It is very much part of our survival mechanism as a species. A young child’s capacity to be ‘creative’ and to adapt to situations or to utilise knowledge under novel circumstance is well-documented. As is the (sad) decline in an individual’s use of the same part of their brain as they get older. The rules and discipline of specific types of education will supplant the part of the brain that develops and utilises creativity.
Excerpt from blog post - June 2020
How a Journal can Help with Life, Studies and Everything Inbetween
It seems like a simple concept, and in many ways it is, but there are various different ways in which one can journal and they all have particular focuses on them. Therefore it is essential to find the method that suits the outcome, in order to be supported and manoeuvred in that particular direction. Journalling is best created as a solitary process that occurs at a particular time of the day and is not to be viewed by another.
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