Is there an old giving way to a new? Are we at the end and at the beginning of an epoch? What is an epoch? I sense we are at the point of change or we are in a period of change. But change is almost guaranteed as a human experience. Well, that is myContinue reading “Philosophical clownery of late modernity”
What the (University and College Union) UCU has exposed at both a national level and within individual universities is the shocking level of precarity in the sector. This is set to be a long struggle for the principle of public education.
I am not going to begin by saying that I found it a difficult decision to take strike action. I didn’t struggle over the decision at all. That is not to say that I have no consideration for my students and colleagues, but that there is an urgent imperative in regard to defending the futureContinue reading “Why am I going on strike?”
I had a really thought-provoking visit to Liverpool last Friday to talk with Mark Johnson and visit the Stafford Beer archive at the Liverpool John Moores University. That left me thinking about organisational cybernetics and the Viable System Model but also prompted much discussion about the use of machine learning with Adaptive Comparative Judgement –Continue reading “Cybernetics, economics, thermodynamics and information”
I spent the last eight years observing teachers in mathematics classrooms, trying to work out the relationship between their thought and action, and before that I spent eight years in the classroom myself. Where, I gave some thought to what I was doing the classroom. It is trite to say that the classroom is aContinue reading “Cybernetic decision making in the classroom”
I feel it necessary to begin with a reminder of what I’m talking about when I refer to cybernetics. Since ‘cybernetic’ can evoke a range of ideas which might include cyborgs (human-machine hybrids), systems and control, general technology and the Internet, robots or perhaps just a replacement of human interaction by machines. But when I’mContinue reading “Designing freedom – principles for a cybernetic university”
Having completed an analysis of the systemic problems with my own institution(s), it is now time to think about what needs to be done. Much of what I have been doing follows a rather orthodox approach of labour-capital antagonism – a so-called ‘class struggle’. While this is an important political motivation, it is not enough.Continue reading “Designing freedom – cybernetics and the fallacy of de-risking in Higher Education”
While the English HE sector as done well financially in the last eight years, there is a culture of risk aversion within the university. In this post I think about the issues and consider some of the effects on my Faculty and on my work in education.
My daughter was playing badminton in an under-16 county match. I have spent enough time being the parent-on-the tramline, getting frustrated and trying not to coach her and interfere. After five of six years of badminton tournaments, I tend to make sure she is OK and then go and find a coffee shop and doContinue reading “Notes from a rural pub”
Remarks for the discussion at the Senate House, University of Cambridge on 6 November on the use of funds from £600 million bond issue Deputy Vice Chancellor. The Council has already approved of raising external finance by issuing bonds of up to £600 million. And I understand that this discussion is about the use ofContinue reading “A critique of the University of Cambridge’s external financing approach from the perspective of modern money theory”