Topic: Humour

Humour Matters: It’s time to make meaningless words great again

By Steve Penfold

When it comes to humour about public funding, there really is no way to compete with reality. The last time the basic […]

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Humour Matters: The long, slow bus ride to the future

By Steve Penfold

All this talk of innovation, transformation, and inspiration has got me thinking of bus rides. Universities today swim in a sea of […]

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Massively Open Online Embarassment

By Steve Penfold

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may be the way of the future, but they show every sign of disrupting my intricate bargain […]

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“Hello, Professor Penfold? It’s the fiscal crisis calling.”

By Steve Penfold

By the time this column is published, I will have no telephone in my office. It turns out that phones are really […]

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My Professorial ‘Eureka’ Moment

By Steve Penfold

I remember the exact moment when I realized that I really am a professor. It wasn’t when I got hired, that’s for […]

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Young professor looking chipper in the 1950s

Humour Matters – The dangers of LPS (Long-term Professor Syndrome)

By Steve Penfold

I knew I was in trouble when I considered becoming a public intellectual. Maybe it was all those university seminars on media […]

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Humour Matters – Sabbatical Time

By Steve Penfold

In an odd and unpredictable way, the Olympics saved my first sabbatical. I mean, I had great plans for my first sabbatical. No lectures to churn out, no essays to mark, no exams to set, no emails to return – just time to think, read, and write. But it wasn’t going to be all work. No sir. I figured it would be long lunches, real coffee breaks (you know, where you actually take a break!), walks in the afternoon, and even the occasional nap. Sabbatical would be like an adult version of daycare and, if anything went wrong, I could just go to the quiet area for a time out.

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