It’s 1645 and doing a blog post has been sitting on my to do list all day. I’m in Dundee on the 9th floor of City House and the view across the docks towards Broughty Ferry and the firth of Tay is really spectacular.
The highlight of last week was a presentation to a group of visitors from The Hanban (The Office of Chinese Language Council International). My CEO, Bernard, and our Head of International Education Prof Kay Livingston had recently visited China with The Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hislop and this was a follow-up meeting to look at what we are doing with technology. They were really impressed with Glow and the range of online support LTS provides for Scottish education (‘shocked’ by the scale and ambition). Always great to have an international perspective as a reminder of the depth and breadth of our work.
I also had a meeting with Andrew Ramsay and Andrew Pert of JAB a company that started in the Abertay Uni incubator. Apart from specialising in recruitment for the oil and gas industry they have a line of products that support more general recruitment into industry which look very interesting in the context of careers education, work experience and enterprise.
As part of my role as an LTS corporate director I get the chance to meet with some of the senior players in Scottish education. Last Friday afternoon I met with Greg Dempster the dynamic General Secretary of the AHDS (trade union/professional association for many of Scotland’s primary heads and deputes). it’s great to get another perspective on the major developments in Scottish education, Curriculum for Excellence and Glow for example, and to get an external perspective on how LTS is doing in terms of supporting a key group of stakeholders.
The highlights for the rest of this week include a meeting with the international education guru Prof Steven Hepple in Edinburgh on Wednesday, some leadership development training and coaching for me (need as much as I get get) and a meeting with Steven Grier of Microsoft on Thursday. The week finishes with a visit to Madras College to meet the rector Ian Jones and an appointment at the University of Abertay to view the Computer Arts and Media honours exhibition.
Why would you ever want the weekend to come quick with a job like this (: