Professor Ronald Barnett

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- Writing
- Conference keynotes and talks
- Seminars and workshops
- Other comments

 

Writing

  • (comment on my book Being a University, in column of scholar-reviewers in Times Higher Education, 10-16 January 2013): ‘This is a beautiful and elegant effort, bringing clarity to the tortuous debate about what universities are for … (with) a near literary style that is highly pleasing …’
  • (following talk in Cambridge, Philosophy of Education Renewal conference, Sept 2013): ‘Thank you for such an inspirational book and talk …’
  • (endorsement to an edited volume – ‘Academic Working Lives’ – to which I contributed a chapter): ‘Amongst many insightful contributors, Ron Barnett deserves special mention for his chapter …’
  • (comments on a contribution for an international encyclopedia, Nov 2015): ‘What a marvellous piece - a masterpiece as far as I am concerned. You have managed an almost impossible task and handled the theme most thoughtfully and eloquently. Thank you so much!
  • (comments on a recent book of mine in an article in the Times Higher Education magazine, 29 Oct 2015): ‘I commend to you the work of Ron Barnett and his book Imagining the University. In this seminal work, Barnett throws out a challenge to all of us involved in the too-often overly managerial task of corporate or strategic planning …’
  • (comments on Foreword of mine from the author of a manuscript, Nov 2015): ‘Thank you, this is absolutely delightful.  I feel really honoured that you have provided this.'
  • (comment from a university professor on receiving my invited Foreword for a edited volume, March, 2016): ‘I am very grateful indeed, for the promptness, content and the elegance of your piece. Oh to be able to write as you do! So - a very big thank you.’
  • (comments from author on a Foreword to a book, February 2016): ‘My goodness Ron this is awesome.  I love it and you are so kind and generous with the way you have constructed your commentary.’
  • (out-of-the-blue email comment, from New Zealand): ‘Was just reading your work and I was reminded of how amazing your writing is.’
  • (comment from authors, following my writing a foreword for their book, June 2016): ‘I think it’s perfect … and very humbling to read!  I think you have captured the essence of our argument beautifully’.
  • (out-of-the-blue email, July 2016): ‘I have just read your article 'Learning for an unknown future' and feel so inspired by it … It has brought a lot into focus for me and I am delighted to have read such an articulate and thought-provoking piece.’
  • (out-of-the-blue email from a doctorate student in Canada, May 2017): ‘I am writing to you to tell you that I found your article inspiring and I plan to use your guiding principles.’
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Conference keynotes and talks

  • (email comment, following a seminar of mine): ‘… thank you for your honest and inspiring insight into your professional life … the students spent an hour talking about what they got from it, and I’ve had emails … saying what an impact you had.’
  • (on keynote talk at York St John University, July, 2013): ‘It was lovely to meet you and thank you again for giving such a brilliant keynote address. People very much enjoyed listening to you and I have heard many appreciative comments from many people. Thank you so very much for what you did – it was marvellous.’ 
  • (following keynote talk at conference of Vice-Presidents in Canada, 2013): ‘More thought-provoking speakers like Barnett.’
  • (email remark by host, after a seminar in Belgium, Dec 2013): ‘Allow me to thank you once again for the very inspiring lecture!’
  • (comment from the host of a major national conference on flexible learning): ‘Thank you too for such a great … and challenging keynote talk at the Future Directions conference. Amazing!’
  • (comment from a host of a major national conference on lifewide learning, April 2014): ‘I can tell you one person gave you 10 out of 5! I personally found your ideas inspiring …’
  • (from Deputy Vice-Chancellor, following a keynote to a university’s learning and teaching day, April 2015): ‘I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation finding  it both thought provoking and engaging as did everyone.’
  • (comment from host, following a seminar at a (Russell Group) university, April, 2014): ‘Can I thank you again for … such a stimulating presentation and discussion about your most recent thinking about the University. The event was very well received by my colleagues in our Centre but also by the wider university audience. For me personally, negotiating my own position within the 'management' structures at [x university], your observations on leadership were particularly thought provoking.’
  • (follow-up letter from host of an annual conference of a national body, April 2014)): ‘Thank you so much … Your engaging and inspiring talk …’ 
  • (follow-up email from host (Deputy Dean and senior professor) of a symposium in Uppsala, Sweden, May 2014): ‘Just wanted to send off a quick thanks for your inspiring lecture, your helpful comments and the pleasure of your company ...’
  • (from Deputy Vice-Chancellor, following a keynote to a university’s learning and teaching  day, April 2015): ‘I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation finding  it both thought provoking and engaging as did everyone.’
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Seminars and workshops

  • (email comment from participant in a seminar of mine): ‘Thanks for your session yesterday, I really enjoyed it.  Your book and your research deal with life … actually very passionate about it’.
  • (following seminar in University of Vancouver, Oct 2013): ‘I heard from my colleagues and a couple of students that you gave a truly great seminar …’  (from Head of Centre out of the country at that time)
  • (comments from company responsible for whole-day workshop on the curriculum, following my managing and chairing of it through the day): ‘… a big thank you for leading the event yesterday and all your help in the run up. … the delegates were extremely impressed by the day, with many highlighting its value to them.  I do hope I will have the pleasure of working with you again.’
  • (comments after an invited summing-up of a half-day developmental session for a university’s middle managers, April 2015):  ‘I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your fantastic summing up today’ (Professor and Dean); ‘Great reflections … and important comments …’ (Professor and Group leader); ‘Thank you so much for your intervention today – interesting, sharp and “spoken through the heart” … many thanks for helping us at [x university] with your ideas and enthusiasm …’
  • (feedback after a workshop session within a programme for an Omani delegation):  ‘Thank you enormously for your superb contribution to the Omani course yesterday - we had a paper feedback on learner satisfaction - you scored mostly excellents!’
  • (comments after a talk in Brussels to the steering committee of an international body, Oct 2014):  (from a college principal) ‘Many thanks for a great presentation – very inspirational!’ (From a senior professor) ‘Very many thanks for your inspiring talk the other day in Brussels. You will have gathered that we all felt elevated and intrigued by what you had to say.’

 

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Other comments

  • (from a letter): ‘I found the experience of working on a book with you quite inspiring ...’
  •  (out-of-the-blue email from a person unknown to me): ‘I wanted to let you know that your work has made a considerable impression on me …’
  •  (comment on being shown as a keynote speaker in the publicity for a conference in Malaysia): ‘What a scoop getting Ron Barnett!! … So theoretical and considered and he analyses the nature and meaning of universities with great sensitivity. A real draw card for you.’
  • (personal comment (Dec 2013) from a leading figure in UK higher education, now retired): ‘I wish I had had a fraction of the impact on HE that you have had.’
  • (personal comment (Dec 2013) from the Director of an independent consultancy and development agency): ‘Thanks Ron and thank you for giving us your support and encouragement. Your reputation as a scholar and thought leader counts a lot.’
  • (comment from a lecturer after one of my international trips): ‘Thank you for your kind words and encouragement in my studies. Your work and working ethic have truly inspired me.’
  • (communication from lecturer in the Netherlands, April 2014): ‘Just to let you know: we have had a reading group among teachers at our university … on your 'A Will to Learn' and it produced a most amazing and inspiring conversation. It really felt as if your book gave us a language for the stuff we intuit, but could not properly articulate. The teachers with no philosophy background … were extremely enthusiastic …, saying that it gave them a whole range of new ways of looking at their everyday practices.’ 
  • (comments from the convenor on my stepping down from membership of an Editorial Board for an International publication, Jan 2016): ‘I have enjoyed working with you on this project and feel that without your input it would not have been half as successful as it has turned out to be. Thanks … for everything you have done.’
  • (reflective comment from former student, now a senior administrator): ‘You were, it feels, ahead of your time.’
  • (from a publisher, on his leaving his firm, 2016): ‘It has been a great pleasure working with you … your professional and enthusiastic approach … is a trait I could only hope to find in other authors.’
  • (comment from course director, Australian university): ‘… your work has inspired much of the thinking behind the degree I run over here in Sydney.’
  • (comment from an academic, after an informal advisory meeting): ‘It was so good to speak with you – I went away feeling inspired!’
  • (out-of-the-blue email from a USA professor, May 2017): ‘Having found little in the way of literature on the philosophy of higher education, I am encouraged and inspired by your call for the development of such a sub-field.’
  • (comment from an international colleague): ‘Thank you so much Ron.  It is I that say thank you because you keep us on the job, and because of your thoroughness, which I hugely admire.’
  • (email comments following lecture visit to Australia, July 2017):
  • (State Government Education Department): ‘Thank you for your inspiring presentation and discussion yesterday.  The feedback … was glowing.’
  • (An Australian educational association): ‘… thank you for contributing so generously to our Forum.  You gave us much to think about, question, imagine – a terrific start to (the) day …’
  • (Following an impromptu action of mine during a talk): ‘I really wished I could have videoed you when you were working on the whiteboard!’
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