June was a very weird month. Following some health problems, I had to take time off at the start of the month. Really off –the ‘not-even-reading-a-book-kind-of- being-off’ off.
That means that I failed to achieve most of the things on my To Do list. Still, there were some highlights during the month.
Frustratingly, I had to pause work on the co-creation paper, and missed the kick off meetings for a new project looking at Digital Marketing in SMEs. I only managed a couple of days at the end of the month to catch up with what is happening in the services industry and reflect on the implications of these for services marketing research.
Again, I had to pause work in the co-creation paper and other writing projects. I only managed to work on a conference paper.
On the positive side, I received the great news that a paper had been accepted for publication on the journal “Qualitative Research”. Yay.
I am still involved with the Company Projects module, and looking forward to the students’ presentations next month.
My learning highlight has to be the Digital Marketing master class with Mark Schaefer and Ana Silva O’Reilly. It was a great lesson not just in terms of content – particularly about online influence – but also in terms of running this type of event. I also had the pleasure of catching up with Mark and Ana the evening before the class, when we put the world to rights and watched the world cup match between USA and Portugal.
Oh, and I had the immense pleasure of meeting computing legend Norman Sanders, at Oxford Brookes’s graduation ceremonies. We talked about our shared love for Bletchley Park, and about early computing technology. And I learned about ‘mercury memory’, a very early form of computing memory.
But the main highlight of this month has got to be the graduation ceremonies at Brookes. When the students join our MSc Marketing programme they are full of hope and dreams, but also anxiety and doubt. So, it is always great to realise how much they have developed as professionals and individuals, and hear about the role of our degree in that transformation.
What were June’s highlights for you?