Winter Warmers from Development Monthly

What we’re listening to, watching and reading over this holiday period…

Chiara Singh – Editor, Development Monthly

Joshua Parker – Marketing Coordinator, AHEP & Development Monthly

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As winter’s icy embrace settles in and the holiday season beckons, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a warm blanket and immersing yourself in a world of captivating entertainment. Whether you’re seeking the perfect movie to watch, an engaging podcast to listen to or a page-turner to get lost in, our guide to “Winter Warmers”, chosen by the Development Monthly team, has you covered.

🎄 What to watch – The Boy and The Heron

If you’re looking for a break from what is often a hectic few days around Christmas, then the soon to be released ‘The Boy and The Heron’ provides the perfect escape. In the enchanting realm of Studio Ghibli, emerges yet another masterpiece that captures the essence of childhood curiosity and the magic woven into everyday life. This animated gem is a testament to Ghibli’s unparalleled ability to create stories that resonate with audiences of all ages.

🎁 What to listen to – The Power Test, Education, Education, Higher Education

If you’re seeking a podcast that delves into the critical questions surrounding the future of higher education and the role of government in addressing its challenges, look no further than ‘The Power Test.’ In their thought-provoking episode, aptly titled “Education, education, higher education,” the podcast delivers an insightful exploration of the strategies and policies that could shape a brighter future for HE in the UK.

Hosted by engaging and knowledgeable experts in the field, ‘The Power Test’ excels in breaking down complex topics and presenting them in an accessible, engaging manner. The episode on higher education not only identifies the pressing challenges facing academic institutions today but goes a step further by offering tangible solutions and discussing the potential impact of government intervention, particularly as we approach what many believe will be an election year.

☃️ What to read – Making Inclusive Higher Education a RealityCreating a University for All

‘Making Inclusive Higher Education a Reality’ is a relevant and thought provoking read using international case studies to highlight different perspectives and offer practical solutions. This book demonstrates how barriers to HE can be broken down with practical tips that can be implemented so students feel like they belong, no matter their experience and backgrounds. The aim is to create a university for all so talent is recognised, nurtured and opportunities are accessible. Greater diversity leads to greater innovation and excellence which is why these are community issues that explored collectively will ultimately benefit all. This is a great read for HE professionals, educators policymakers, and anyone committed to shaping a more accessible and equitable future for HE. 

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