christine vincent

About christine

Bio

. My current role is Head of Strategic Partnership and Collaboration for the School of Education Futures at the University of Wolverhampton. My role is to create and sustain strategic partnerships with public, private and voluntary sectors, relationship management, quality assurance and the development of systems and business processes to support effective partnership. I believe that widening participation is key to an inclusive education agenda and work passionately to ensure that the student experience on and off campus is the best it can be. I work to create an educational environment where research and inquiry is part of the development and delivery of the curriculum creating research focused practitioners who want to go on to achieve success through life long learning.

Areas of Expertise

Strategic management , Partnership Development, Business Solutions, System analysis and Design, System Development, IT & Business Management

An idea worth spreading

The Emperor with no clothes - the impact of technology on society - are we at a stage in our global development where technology is leading change, behavior and skills - has this led to a better quality of life or are we enacting 1984 where technology is dumbing down society.

I'm passionate about

I am an experienced leader, senior manager and educationalist, passionate about making a difference within the education sector for the learner, the institution and the community being served.

Talk to me about

Strategic development of an organisation, strategic partnerships, transformation of an organisation through the use of technologies, managing change, managing resources, identity management

People don't know I'm good at

Moving bales of straw and hay at a animal sanctuary

My TED story

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Comments & conversations

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christine vincent
Posted almost 3 years ago
What's one thing you wish you had learned in school?
I really wish I had had the chance to do basic construction skills at school instead of home economics. I have always wanted to be able to fix things myself and life skills should include self sufficiency in all areas. Yes we can teach innovative learning in schools and ensure that children learn to be social networkers in this digital literacy world but hey how about being able to build your own home, an eco friendly home at that!
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christine vincent
Posted almost 3 years ago
Oxford, Cambridge and Ivy League Universities are often revered above others. What do people make of this?
Hello and thanks for your comments. My parents also gave me support but I had to find the value of education for myself and I did and at the moment I am studying for my doctorate. Education is for all, that I am passionate about but societies belief in hierachies of establishments limit us in what education is for (in my personal opinion). I worked for 10 years for the Open University and still believe that their course content is some of the best globally and their concept of tutorial support for students is incredibly robust. If I was starting out now and could choose anywhere I could do my degree with the knowledge I have of the education system I am not sure that I would choose to go to Harvard or Cambridge to be honest. I certainly would choose by finding out much more however about the teaching staff who would support my learning and look to the wide range of support services on offer through the use of a wide range of technologies and also to see what work related opportunities were available. I will always be passionate about education but not about 'brands'.
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christine vincent
Posted almost 3 years ago
Oxford, Cambridge and Ivy League Universities are often revered above others. What do people make of this?
Hi there My father obtained is PhD from Cambridge as a mature student (! was 9 when he started his 3 years at Cambridge). Both my parents were academics and I did what it a seems a number of academic children do and i rebelled at 16 against education and left school with very few qualifications. I went on to work and after being incredibly bored for 3 years in the public sector went back to education but into what would have been then polytechnics. I did not at 21 have any real understanding of the hierarchy of further and higher education, I just knew i wanted to have a life where i could earn money to live. 25 years later I am now an academic - how history repeats itself in a University which is certainly not ivy league and believes in inclusion and widening participation in being world class. Before i went to work there 4 years ago, I did have the opportunity to work with a number of higher education institutes and recognised that quality is quality whatever age an institution has. Quality is based upon the whole student experience, not just what goes on in the classroom. Now I loved living in Cambridge and I found the whole idea of gowns and ritual exciting as a child looking in but it wasnt what I wanted as a 21 year old. i wanted skills and experiences that would help me get a job and I really didnt see myself as an academic. I saw my father as one, someone who researched within a positivist paradigm and added to the research community. Did it give him a good life getting a PhD from Cambridge? yes it opened doors but his hard work made him the man he is. There is a hierarchy in all levels of education - we are now looking at free schools and academies and society will persuade us that we need to choose the best for our child. I agree but the best is not necessarily the Ivy League. the best is what you experience overall in making you the person that you are today which could be the local college, Open University or Oxbridge.
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christine vincent
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is the current direction of the web Democratic?
I have been using the Internet since the early 1990's for research into all aspects of life. I love being able to find information and welcome the widening of the web to enable communication and information sharing. I have been passionate about seeing technology as an enabler to opportunities for life and learning. During the 1990's i felt that it was going to make great changes in the world and lead to great things. So what do I see know? a society controlled by social networking where there is the belief that through all the amazing games technologies we will learn better, we a free to study what we want when we want, to buy what we want globally and to have freedom of speech about anything and everything. I fall flat at times when I see how much time young people are sitting on their mobile devices and other technology - the technologies that are meant to encourage their growth and look at all the opportunities that are passing them by. I see all the unemployment caused by a growth in jobs for a few and wonder about what this will mean in 10 years time. I am on Facebook, twitter, linkedin and I look at it all and think - has this really enriched my life? To answer the question directly - yes the aforementioned are democratic in that we have signed up to their conditions without force but I do feel that I am a lemming going over the edge and not knowing why. I know they filter, I know that the market is funded by advertising and that at certain times of the day the consumer is more willing to buy products than other so it is my 'choice' as it is the masses whether to buy or not to buy. I always wanted to have 'my world' online which means I really appreciate that when i go to Amazon it recognizes what i had last time and offers me products. What Facebook and Google are doing do not seem new to me. We have enabled them to create the filters by sharing so much with them. The bigger question must be what in this brave new world is democracy?