Frances Bell

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Reflections on the #FemEdTechQuilt inspired by Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu

You may not have time to view the entirety of this wonderful 45-minute video but please dip into it/ or even watch the whole thing. It’s fabulous! – maybe watch it while you read! I am working with some very inspiring and talented colleagues on a short chapter for the #HE4Good open access book.  Listening…

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A letter I sent to my Macclesfield MP today

Dear Mr Rutley, You are my MP (I live at XXXXXXXX) and whilst I did not vote for you, I have no reason to doubt your integrity. Also, I understand that you served as a government whip until recently. You are in a good position to understand the responsibilities shouldered by those who seek to…

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Trees, Memories and Hope

This is my first post since December 2020. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, for all of us. If we thought that 2020 was strange, I don’t think that we could have anticipated 2021. In our 2020 Christmas card, the greeting was: With best wishes to you and yours in…

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An 80th Wedding Anniversary

On 26 December 1940, my parents, Vincent Richardson and Elise Crampsey, got married at the Sacred Heart Church in Drummond Place, Grangemouth, one of many couples getting married in that year. I can’t find the data for Scotland but 1940 was the peak year for marriages in England and Wales from 1862-2009. Vincent hailed from…

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Gradually, then Suddenly – caring and careful responses to COVID-19

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” “What brought it on?” “Friends,” said Mike. “I had a lot of friends. False friends. Then I had creditors, too. Probably had more creditors than anybody in England.”  https://quoteinvestigator.com/2018/08/06/bankrupt/ The idea of gradually then suddenly was playing around in my…

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Keep Calm and Carry On – but carefully and differently #OER20

So it has happened – OER20 in London in April has been cancelled. This comes as no surprise but it’s still disappointing not to be meeting up with friends, hearing their ideas and, in my case, meeting some of the people whose beautiful textile art work has arrived at my house in Macclesfield, to be…

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#FemEdTechQuilt – Getting There

The FemEdTech Quilt project has been an amazing project and we are not there yet – we have to get not one, but now four quilts to #OER20. The quilt has been in planning since summer 2019, and we launched it in November 2019 in a post at OER20 conference website. It seemed like quite…

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Singing, Acting and Listening across Generations

MUSE – Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir sing They’ll all Sing Bread & Roses Please listen to this lovely song from a beautifully diverse choir as you read what follows. Having been involved in leafletting and campaigning for Labour in Macclesfield over the last few weeks, I sensed that a Labour victory was becoming ever more elusive…

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Acknowledging and Making Women More Visible on Social Media Platforms – It’s Complicated

In recent days, there has been a trend (not sure if it’s a meme) going around where a tweeter names 10 women to thank and asks others to pass it on, for example Thank 10 women and keep it going. @francesbell @LouMycroft @anjalorenz @cnngugi @catbroon @gconole @DianaBannister @Frau_Professor @pati_santos_r @Nicola_Marsden and some networks and organizations:…

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Frances with Lorna Campbell and Sheila MacNeill at HLM
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Generosity and Generative Processes at FemEdTech and ALT

It was never in my plan to attend ALTC2019 as a delegate.  Being generally self-funded, I have to be very selective in attending conferences, and I had already attended the wonderful OER19 in Galway in Ireland in April. I was involved in the ALTC conference as a member of the Programme Committee, and had seen…

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