Today marks the last day of my sabbatical from work with Gertie. It’s been an experience so here’s a thread. I spent the first few weeks on sabbatical batting away work to create space to actually do what I had planned! The first teaching and learning sabbatical in @UlsterUni 1/
2/ (Umh just a bit proud of that!) Has it been successful? Absolutely! I worked my butt off & it has been the most productive period of my 20 years at Ulster. My professional development & networks have exploded! I am now reaping the rewards of working across the UK!
3/ I am involved in collaborations and research that wouldn’t have been possible without this time and my commitment to want to do more! Oh and my new friends along the way - you know who you are! So what’s been my bug bearer? Well pull up a chair 😀!
4/ People seem to think I’ve wasted my sabbatical by not going all over the world on planes, trains and automobiles! BUT they miss the point of MY sabbatical! I was developing professional networks and collaborative opportunities not collecting airmiles!
5/ My sabbatical involved me in my virtual camper van (Gertie 🤣) touring & visiting nearly 20 business schools across the UK & Ireland. And….. You know what? I LEARNT LOADS! So thank you to all those collaborators I am now working with from government to business schools and
6/ professional bodies! Go me! The spirit of support and willingness to work together across the four nations has been unbelievable and humbling! Can’t wait to write up my achievements and outputs. So the big learnings are many!
7/Two standout - ‘together we can achieve so much more so let’s throw on the kettle’ & ‘by helping each other to shine bright doesn’t dim your own light’ #everydayisaschoolday #research #collaboration #highereducation BTW Gertie in for a service & we are back on the road soon!

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