Monthly Archives: August 2012

Women’s fear of public speaking

“The communication of ideas and opinions through public speaking is one of the most influential ways of inspiring and progressing social change. However, it is also reported to be people’s number one fear.  In particular, women can sometimes find it challenging.  Research has shown that while their primary focus is on relationships and connecting, social […]
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Working with Teach First

Teach First is an amazing organisation which aims to overcome educational disadvantage. It recruits exceptional graduates and turns them into inspirational teachers. The graduates commit to a two-year programme which includes teaching training and leadership development. Teach First teachers work in schools with challenging circumstances across England. The charity was founded in 2002 and it […]
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Forgotten treasure

Some years ago I was Visiting Professor at the University of Bucharest in Romania. I was lecturing in urban regeneration and the academics and government officials were very keen to hear about Manchester’s regeneration story. I was paid 2 million Lei and I kept the bank note. I found it recently when tidying my office […]
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