GDI Annual Lecture feat. Rt Hon Helen Clark

Thanks to the chutzpah of my Impolitikal padre Oliver Chan, I was able to help arrange for ex-NZ Prime Minister and UNDP head the Rt Hon Helen Clark to deliver the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute’s 60th Anniversary Annual Lecture.

Here’s a chat between Ms Clark and Professor Uma Kothari, recorded the same day, in which they describe Helen’s career, the UN, Hillary Clinton and intersectionality.

Michael Hurley UK & Ireland tour

I’m coordinating US folk legend Michael Hurley’s 2018 UK and Ireland tour. Tour announcement below — please email sarah@sarahillingworth.com with any media enquiries.

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American alt-folk icon to tour the UK in June

Michael Hurley (a.k.a. Doc Snock) is a quiet legend, a wry conspirator in the stand-up of life. “The world is his front porch” and, come June, the American alt-folk icon’s vista will be a collection of very special venues in Scotland, England and Ireland.

The 76 year-old Hurley has been making music for nigh on 50 years. Having broken ground as part of the Greenwich Village folk movement of the ‘60s, he continues to perform his uniquely crafted — and vast — catalogue of tunes, performing odes to aliens, tea and women for spellbound audiences at home in the US and abroad.

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New role at the Open University, in Milton Keynes

I recently took on a full time role as Communications Manager for the Open University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio. The role sees me lead on internal communications for the University’s 450-person Translation department, which oversees the procurement, development and production, and delivery of the OU’s many distance learning modules.

I also lead on the University’s National Student Survey (NSS) campaign, and supporting work in relation to increasing student satisfaction and improving the student journey — as well as internal campaigns around commercial projects, including the OU’s FutureLearn offering and the DfE-funded Bringing Learning to Life project.

The role required a relocation, and I am now based in Milton Keynes (UK), the site of the University’s physical campus.

Current projects

I am currently helping to create content for, and edit the websites of two research projects out of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester.

The first is titled Effective States and Inclusive Development, and focusses on the politics of international development — a particularly compelling topic in 2016. The project has been running for several years, and was just awarded funding for another three, so both its scope and depth are likely to expand.

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