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06 July 2015 @ 07:27 pm
The tree that Yoko Ono hugged.  
Liverpool has a new vice-chancellor, Janet Beer, who has been indulging in a little bit of a charm offensive. This has involved a lot of consultation I didn't really feel qualified to engage with, but also garden parties. I went to one of the garden parties.

According to the VC's speech at said garden party, this tree was on the point of death until Yoko Ono hugged it and it revived. What Yoko Ono was doing in the grounds of the Liverpool VC's lodge was not explained, though one assumes it was some "Liverpool celebrity" connection.

The VC's lodge itself.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/163536.html.
a_cubeda_cubed on July 7th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
What does a VC get paid for if not having the experience and skills to formulate a proper strategy for the organisation? It sounds like she's heard that employee engagement with change is necessary for its success but hasn't actually grasped that this engagement needs to be on a suitable level: getting in put from people about where they are and where they feel they could go, and what the trades-off are between options and what the costs and benefits are within their purview is very useful, particularly with an organisation with such a broad mission as a University (teaching, research and engagement are themselves broad, but when you put that into 20+ disciplinary areas you end up with an immensely complex organisational mission). Asking coal-face researchers and teaching staff who have little experience or interest in the broader structures of the University for suggestions on the overall strategy just, to my mind, makes a senior leader look foolish.
louisedennislouisedennis on July 8th, 2015 10:16 am (UTC)
I did feel the questionnaire I started, but didn't finish, was weirdly one size fits all. How am I supposed to know what the university's five main strengths are?
a_cubeda_cubed on July 8th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly the kind of thing that strikes me as pointless to ask of lower level staff. Five things the University is best known for, perhaps, but five greatest strengths?