Another early start to the week but not at the physio this time around, instead making my way down to the University of Liverpool for my first strategic meeting of the year. It was well worth the trip in terms of providing some really useful feedback on various aspects of Jisc’s work, and also thinking through how to expand the dialogue within and across the University itself. I also had a chance to explore the City for half an hour or so before my train pulled in. I have to be honest in that I’ve always assumed the area surrounding Lime Street Station wasn’t worth exploring. How wrong I was!Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were crazy. One of the things I find most difficult about being a homeworker is taking a breath during the day when things begin to get on top of you. There are no distractions or interruptions and so you’re constantly focused on the task in hand. I did have a couple of great meetings though with some really interesting work arising from those, around our network provision and consultancy services. I just need to be sure to get away from the desk in future.
I was down at Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education on Friday. It was lovely meeting two new contacts both doing some really interesting work. I felt a bit low after the second meeting as there were a couple of questions that I couldn’t answer which I felt I should have been able to. Not that my contact was too bothered. But that, for me, is the worst part of my new role. I hate not being able to answer people’s questions even though we’ve always said there’s no way we can answer everything — it still sucks.
And finally but not least we had a new addition to the family. We did not expect this at all but we could not be happier with Gary. Yes, Gary!