Blender education

by Cameron Wyllie. When I was about ten, my mother went through a phase of making chicken liver pate – very tasty and very simple. Cook the chicken livers till soft, then put them in a blender with butter, seasoning and a little bit of chicken stock. Blend. Easy-peasy. However, she tried the same thing …

It’s time for education to become the priority

by Cameron Wyllie. For the last three months the nation’s health, and specifically the well-being of the NHS has rightly been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. These times are unique – this is certainly the weirdest thing ever to happen to me – and we have all recalibrated our thinking. We have a new …

Thought for food

by Alison Wray. A food bank is a non-profit, charitable organisation that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough to avoid hunger.  The first food bank was founded in the U.S.A in 1967 and there was little need for them in the United Kingdom then, due to our Welfare System, but they have …

University Challenge – the real questions are harder

by Alice Gilchrist-Miller. While this may not be what we tell our parents, most young people value the social side of university life over the educational aspect of getting our degrees. Of course, this is not to say that students don’t appreciate the value of being able to attend university – when push comes to …

Damned Either Way

by Cameron Wyllie. I loved my career, but I am very glad I am not a teacher just now, particularly  that I am not a Head. I am also grateful that I am not a pupil, particularly one in P7 or in S6, missing their special summer terms, or indeed in any exam year, sitting …

Changing the score

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability”;[1]  an axiom, in the context of data, you’d think would either drive or inhibit progress. And you’d be right. This well-rehearsed paradox is playing out relentlessly in the context of the global pandemic and endeavours to disagree on which ‘science to follow’ in optimising our chances …

The meaning of ‘workplace’ in a post-pandemic world

The future role of Corporate Real Estate in delivering ‘place’ At the heart of Corporate Real Estate is workplace: a hybrid word bringing together the ideas of “work” and “place”. This connection between work and place has been necessary since the beginning of time: to hunt, we had to go to the prey; to farm, …

Trust: a small word but huge impact

If there’s one word that sits at the heart of this whole crisis, it’s trust. It’s a small word, but its impact is huge as it underpins almost everything we do, is woven into the fabric of how our society is structured and the relationships and interactions we engage in on a day-to-day basis. In …

He had it Cummings?

WANTED: People keen to focus on research and real stuff. Serious message below. I just about know who Duncan Cummings is. Just as I was getting to grips with social media, headlines were eclipsed by another single-issue. In addition to returning interesting Google search results, Dominic Cummings if he does nothing else, he fascinates. Apparently. …

What is the acceptable level of risk for Covid-19?

During the current coronavirus lockdown there had been a dramatic reduction in road traffic and hence, presumably, a dramatic reduction in casualties from road traffic accidents – something that is highly desirable. Why did this have to wait for coronavirus? We could have instituted a national lockdown at any time in order to reduce road …