@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-09-02

by Stephen Tall on September 2, 2011

  • RT @TelePolitics: Oxbridge graduate councillor criticised for bikini Facebook pictures « BINGO! Triple whammy for T'graph news/picture desk. #
  • RT @helenduffett: Excited hubbub on LDHQ's first morning. (@ Liberal Democrat HQ) http://t.co/ITlt3j6 « Good luck with the new open society. #
  • On route to Manchester for @CASE_Europe's #CEAC2011 conference. First + last time I went was 10 years ago… #
  • @mssusieday I like it. Nice duotone effect, achieved effortlessly. in reply to mssusieday #
  • RT @electoralreform: Results of ERS 2011 Council elections http://t.co/ysKu4Ww « Interesting + good to see 5 women elected. #
  • Finally in Manchester at #CEAC2011 Remind me never to get local stopping service cos it's there first. Doesn't mean it'll arrive first. #
  • Always forget how much friendlier are northern strangers than southern strangers. & view's not bad #CEAC2011 http://t.co/xPXHT6g #
  • I see Snape has won Bloomsbury's online poll for top Harry Potter character. Good and evil intertwined (+ Alan Rickman). A real now combo. #
  • PS: I voted for Dumbledore. But then I'm an Establishment swot. #
  • 'With great philanthropy comes great responsibiity' – watching @JoannaMotion introduce plenary at #CEAC2011 Donations + ethics: very now. #
  • @adriansalmon @PamelaAgar I'm logged into MCCC network, but not working on iPad…? #CEAC2011 in reply to adriansalmon #
  • Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, Bristol: private giving to HE totally accepted in UK; more doubts in continental Europe #ceac2011 #
  • @adriansalmon Aha, thx will dig out my event code later. in reply to adriansalmon #
  • Chris Cox, Devpt Director, Manchester: key to more profnl philanthropy has been academic leadership involvement with top donors. #CEAC2011 #
  • Eric Thomas recipe for philanthropic success: 1) run a good uni 2) run a good devpt office, 3) set achievable priorities. Simples #CEAC2011 #
  • @adriansalmon But I wonder how many had values-based interviews? More, I suspect #CEAC2011 in reply to adriansalmon #
  • First mention of LSE/Libya donation row. Eric Thomas says critics happily fitted ethical retrospectoscope unfairly #CEAC2011 #
  • Now first mention of Murdoch Chair of Comms at Oxford. Post-holder: D. Cameron Tno relation). I'm saying nothing on this one. #ceac2011 #
  • Panel consensus against incentivised pay for fundraisers (distorts motives). Not sure myself (no personal interest to declare). #ceac2011 #
  • Asked panel what process their Unis have for looking at ethical nature of donations. #ceac2011 #
  • Eric Thomas on LSE/Libya: donation signed off by gov body: collective act of responsibility. But asking the question implies doubt #ceac2011 #
  • Chris Cox: yes, money to HE can come with strings attached. Take Govt money for example… Donations diversify income sources. #CEAC2011 #
  • Eric Thomas: supermarket profits fuelled by tobacco, yet we'd happily take money from them yet not BAT. Morally illogical. #ceac2011 #
  • Colin McCallum, Asst VP Glasgow Caled Uni, has just used my fave binary: important vs urgent. #ceac2011 #
  • Struck by how few folk tweeting at #ceac2011 tho 100s of us here. Assume/hope current social media session packed out. #
  • @krista_slade TY :) I'll give you a wave tomorrow… in reply to krista_slade #
  • Chris Cox, Devpt Director, Manchester: half of all major gifts from non-alums. Power of HE to transform lives recognised. #CEAC2011 #
  • Chris Cox: Manchester does little project-based f'raising: focus on themes (eg poverty, social exclusion) of which projects a part #ceac2011 #
  • Chris Cox on donation ethics: purpose of gift at least as important as the source. Media focus solely on latter. #ceac2011 #
  • Fun dinner at #ceac2011 tonight. Sat next to lovely lady from Guardian who's a Lib Dem councillor. #worldscolliding #
  • Very impressed by #ceac2011 lanyards. Double-sided with extra-large first name font. Please take note #ldconf http://t.co/YyVEaO7 #
  • <smug>Up at 6, emails cleared, 20 lengths of pool swum</smug> Sorry, but this may be only time I can truthfully tweet this claim. #CEAC2011 #
  • @adriansalmon S'alright you'll get year revenge when I'm dead on my feet by lunchtime :) in reply to adriansalmon #
  • @adriansalmon @Bavage Bizarrely ended up sitting next to Lib Dem cllr at last nite's dinner. 3 of us out of 900: it's a comeback :) in reply to adriansalmon #
  • @MichaelWaring I think I might be on a smugness comedown *yawns* in reply to MichaelWaring #
  • Just seen ad in Indy for 3D erotic film Sex and Zen. Really? My mind is boggling. #dontholdthatthought #
  • Hamish McRae good in Indy: Britons gloomy about economic future, but "I find that more reassuring than the swagger of 5 years ago". #
  • @adriansalmon I'll take that away as one of my key learnings :) in reply to adriansalmon #
  • Finally found 'Getting management buy-in for social media' from @picklejar at #ceac2011 (PS: why are conf centres so badly signposted?) #
  • Universities only push-message thru social media, don't use it to pull-in engagement, says @picklejar #ceac2011 #
  • Tis good » RT @MichaelWaring: A little bit in love with Tracy Playle's awesome Keynote presentations! #RIPPowerpoint #CEAC2011 @picklejar #
  • Before getting academic leaders to blog/tweet need to know their starting point. Unless they understand it won't get it @picklejar #ceac2011 #
  • @adriansalmon Yes, universities can 'bundle' causes (medical, poverty, envt) if they can create right brand. #CEAC2011 in reply to adriansalmon #
  • Forget about "Google+ strategy" til we know how it's going to develop: it's about communicating not medium (@picklejar) #CEAC2011 #
  • Ban phrase 'social media strategy' says @picklejar Work out why yr doing it + for whom #ceac2011 Chef doesn't have 'frying pan strategy'. #
  • Big challenge for HE: how closed/open is yr uni? asks @picklejar #ceac2011 Will you need sign-off for every tweet?If so converstn won't work #
  • Ways to scare HE leaders into taking social media seriously: sit them in front of their uni's Google hits + studentroom #ceac2011 @picklejar #
  • HE sector "pretty rubbish" at social media says @picklejar. Don't look at other unis, look at places doing it best #ceac2011 #
  • Fascinating session on how HE fundraisers can influence internally when new Vice-Chancellor appointed. #CEAC2011 #
  • Interesting experiences from Camb, Aberdeen + B'ham of univs switching bet 'presidential' fundraising leaders + 'managerial' VCs. #CEAC2011 #
  • If close relationship between Devpt Director & VC then transition to new VC "like segueing from old wife to new g'friend". Tricky. #ceac2011 #
  • Never underestimate change (personal + cultural) of new VC: watch + listen hard, work out who s/he listens to to max influence. #ceac2011 #
  • Utilise your volunteers to help you adjust to VC leadership change: their life/business experience invaluable. #ceac2011 #
  • @picklejar Many thx for your social media session this morn. Fab stuff. #ceac2011 #
  • Maximising impact of volunteer board members session: lots of US success outcomes, not many UK process case studies #ceac2011 #
  • @picklejar Pleasure. And I used fountain pen to leave 2 post-its. I can do old-skool too. in reply to picklejar #
  • Filling up with BlackBerry juice at Guardian recharge bar: many thx, guys! #ceac2011 h/t @chrisbirchshow http://t.co/aIzMdme #
  • Well worth a view » RT @picklejar: Here's the link to my #ceac2011 presentation on social media given this morning: http://t.co/ilb6KS1 #
  • @picklejar Oooh a Scribbly. No idea if I need it but I already want it. in reply to picklejar #
  • Packed out for fly-on-the-wall 'how to ask for a major gift' session. 5 fundraisers, 5 actors/donors, 5 scenarios. #ceac2011 #
  • Ouch» RT @kimcatcheside #CEAC2011 "ranked in top 17 politics depts in UK" Hunt on for Uni with that on its website. How not to do reputation #
  • Matt Mangan, Dir of F'raising, B'ham, does great job of turning round scenario mtng with potential donor whose child was rejected #ceac2011 #
  • Sion Lutley, soon to be Devpt Director at Melbourne, does a good brave job of asking a PwC partner with huge outgoings for £500 #ceac2011 #
  • Gemma Peters, Devpt Director KCL, giving a 7-min asking masterclass despite Peter Agar's (DD Camb) hardest curve-balls. #ceac2011 #
  • Good panel pts re first asks: with alumni mostly yes, w/ non-alums mostly no. Most important: watch for signals, use yr judgement. #ceac2011 #
  • Chris Cox (Devpt Director, Manchester): major gift = "gift you need to discuss first with your partner" #ceac2011 #
  • Chris Cox: major donor volunteers needed for advice, networks, influence (internal/external)… (And money.) #ceac2011 #
  • Key questions for every business plan: "What, where, when, by whom. And at what cost." (Chris Cox) #CEAC2011 #
  • @LinfordMiles That's the actual bar :) in reply to LinfordMiles #
  • Peter Agar (Camb) tendency for volunteer boards of major donors to become stewardship clubs. Effective-ish but not primary purpose #ceac2011 #
  • Manchester Univ campaign chair's dictum for volunteer board members: "You give, you get, or you get off" #ceac2011 #
  • Good discussion now about how to 'audition' volunteer board members (eg thru term-limited working grps, c'ttees etc) #ceac2011 #
  • @kahunter Surely their development staff 😉 in reply to kahunter #
  • @wdjstraw @NickThornsby Keynes popular in recessions but not during booms (when surplus shd pay down debt). All parties complicit tho. in reply to wdjstraw #
  • 'Hen chickens eject sperm from low-status roosters' http://t.co/DG1RseU < How can you *not* read a story with that headline? #
  • Enjoyable evening with #ceac2011 peeps, <smug again>visit to gym</smug again>, now catching-up on work. Wifi-lessly: #grrrbloodyHilton #
  • OMFG. I say freaks. » RT @rfenwick: Well, @drewcr2 and I watched the Royal Wedding again tonight. #YouSayFreaksWeSayPatriots #
  • @rfenwick @drewcr2 I tweet as someone who avoided it first time round by heading to a retail outlet as an escape from its consumerism. in reply to rfenwick #
  • @rfenwick "Technically" true. The "non-technical" part of me, which I'm in touch with, admired the simplicity of the dress's flowing couture in reply to rfenwick #
  • @MichaelWaring S'alright, I've moved onto booze now. Normal service resumed an' all that. in reply to MichaelWaring #
  • RT @mrchrisaddison With grt trepidation just started 2 rewatch West Wing from Ep1. No need to worry. Still greatest TV show ever made « THIS #
  • @MichaelWaring Retired to my room… Conferences are a young person's game :) in reply to MichaelWaring #
  • @MichaelWaring You're on :) in reply to MichaelWaring #
  • Invigorating breakfast roundtable at #ceac2011 « maxed out on data-geekery to analyse performance w/ @adriansalmon et al. #
  • Power of storytelling session at #ceac2011 Interesting pt that X-Factor not a straight talent show, about engaging thru brief life stories. #
  • Always loved this » Hemingway's perfect short story: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." #ceac2011 #
  • @NottsProfSteve Will yr talk be available online? Really wanted to come to session. (Co-edited LibDemVoice.org during election.) in reply to NottsProfSteve #
  • Interesting Oxford Brookes re-branding case study by Richard Gillingwater (Accrue) « built on location+identity, Oxford+Brookes. #CEAC2011 #
  • Location+identity » Oxford Brookes » Brookes Experience » the place to BE. Nice linking. Simple story-telling. #CEAC2011 #
  • @GdnHigherEd @kerryeustice Hi – have met yr colleagues + loved the Gdn recharge bar! Be great to meet-up. in reply to GdnHigherEd #
  • RT @franceybegum: From @uniofleics 'Elite without being elitist'. I like that. « Agree, but word now so loaded, ~imposs to use. #ceac2011 #
  • RT @AndyBlairUK: #ceac2011 looking forward to Peter Slee's next session 'Lessons from America' « See u there! #
  • RT @jpshaddock: @stephentall You're making me reminisce about my alma mater « That's my job :) #
  • @jpshaddock But I was councillor for Headington for 8 yrs. "Oxford: gateway to Headington" – that campaign didn't q work out. in reply to jpshaddock #
  • @kerryeustice Sounds great! Am standing in queue for it now, may get to front by 3pm 😉 in reply to kerryeustice #
  • @NottsProfSteve Can't DM til u follow me :) But am stephen dot tall (at) devoff dot ox dot ac dot uk. Many thx! in reply to NottsProfSteve #
  • 'Lessons from America' » Peter Slee (Dep VC, Huddersfield): 18m students, 6.5k HE institns in US; 14m, 4k for EU. #ceac2011 #
  • Private for-profit HEIs in US: 40pc of mkt but just 7pc of students. Rest private nfp or public. #ceac2011 #
  • 40pc of students in US doing equivalent of FE college course (public 2-yr degrees) #ceac2011 #
  • Other 40pc undertaking 4-yr degrees at public unis, equiv of mainsteram UK uni courses #ceac2011 #
  • Uni/Maryland: $6.5k tuition fee for MD resident; $16.5k fee for non-state resid. $2.3k mandat fees (eg tech sport facilities) #ceac2011 #
  • Range of fee prices in US: $13k for FE equiv; $17k for public 4-yr degs; $36k for priv 4-yr degs. But no-one pays sticker price! #ceac2011 #
  • Financial aid comes in diff forms: eg state, federal, instit grants. Unis contrib 20pc of aid, public funds 80pc #ceac2011 #
  • Cost of college in US > financial aid available. Aid pays 90pc of tuition but only 30pc of maintenance. Private funding essential. #ceac2011 #
  • Result of gap bet financial aid + college costs » poor (blacks) have to go to community college not uni. #ceac2011 #
  • As a result, great pressue on colleges/unis from state+fed govts to keep tuition costs down. (So not really free mkt.) #ceac2011 #
  • BUT instits v price sensitive re mkt fees: understand how shifts in aid/fees will impact on their mkt share. #CEAC2011 #
  • Uni/Virginia: std course tuition fees. Uni discusses w/ state govt how to fund gap bet fees + costs. In effect fee cap operates #ceac2011 #
  • Peter Slee: "there is no mkt for fees" for intra-state students in public US unis #ceac2011 #
  • 2 drivers of financial aid in US: need + merit. Getting studs w/ high grade-points crucial to reputation #ceac2011 #
  • 10pc of US unis have no endowment; 50pc have only endow to offer av $2k financial aid #ceac2011 #
  • US unis balance books by cutting financial aid incrementally then measuring if applicn rates suffer. Have found no correlation. #ceac2011 #
  • US uni customer service key aspects: 1) transparent costing, 2) joined-up financial aid, 3) single-billing #ceac2011 #
  • Tho US financial aid v complex (nulti channels/modes), uni processes all that per individual student + bills accordingly #ceac2011 #
  • US unis also help students fund themselves thru 'work study' – gardening, cleaning etc #ceac2011 #
  • Peter Slee: absurd that £9k fees same for Oxford as other "patently less good" unis. Won't last, mkt won't stand it, he says. #ceac2011 #
  • @nothingelseis Oh absolutely. That's why we need better, more transparent info for students to make informed choices. in reply to nothingelseis #
  • Individ giving session on HE survey of c.15 institutions: 1.85m alums, 39k donors (2pc). £6.5m income in 2010. #CEAC2011 #
  • Results of UK ind giving survey: £151pa from single donors, reg donor £179pa. 60pc of donors retained, 86pc of reg donors retained #CEAC2011 #
  • RT @EddMcCracken: #ceac2011 apparently 60% of guardian education coverage is gleaned from twitter « interesting. #
  • Ind giving HE survey in UK: c.50pc of cash from gifts of £1k+ pa. Pipeline for major giving. #ceac2011 #
  • Success of ind giving progs often fluctuate according to staff mat leave / resignation. Ind giving staffing often 1-deep. #ceac2011 #
  • Good pt from Adrian Beney re retaining donors: success variability prob institns' fault, not donors being erratic #ceac2011 #
  • Freakonomic stat: donors called Anthony x2 as generous as donors called Paul. Consistent finding across unis over time! #ceac2011 #
  • PS: donors called Barry x5 more generous than donors called Gary. #ceac2011 #morefreakonomics #
  • @kerryeustice Hi, am recharging at bar now :) in reply to kerryeustice #
  • Lorna Somers (VP, McMasters) is living the theme: dressed in cape for plenary on Advancement out of the Twilight. #ceac2011 #
  • RT @CllrIainRoberts: …unfortunately, Spy Kids 4 started badly « Possibly the least surprising start to a tweet by you ever, Iain. #
  • @CllrIainRoberts To be fair, I've less reason to be a conoisseur of them than you :) in reply to CllrIainRoberts #
  • @kerryeustice No probs – yes, will be at dinner later. Free food + drink courtesy of some sponsor I think :) (Plus we're getting a prize.) in reply to kerryeustice #
  • @kerryeustice Cool. I'm an ex-politician so can prob claim back free drinks on expenses, yes? in reply to kerryeustice #
  • @CllrIainRoberts You're just a tweeting ad for celibacy, aren't you? (Are you twinned with Nadine?) in reply to CllrIainRoberts #
  • @kerryeustice Cool, I'm on 38. Talk/meet soon! in reply to kerryeustice #
  • At @CASE_Europe's #ceac2011 gala dinner. About to pick up award for @oxford_thinking's inspirational Campaign Report 2010 on behalf of team. #
  • Congrats to the creative campaign comms team @oxford_thinking #ceac2011 Here's the award… http://t.co/XppNgOX #
  • Many congrats! » RT @jozdeladoz: Wow- I won the Guardian's hamper giveaway! How on earth am I going to get this back to London?! #ceac2011 #
  • Good to see the sublime professionalism of #CEAC2011 degenerate into traditional wedding disco sweatiness + dad dancing. #
  • I would of course love to dance the night away at #CEAC2011 But I'm wearing way too much velvet dahlins. #
  • @adriansalmon Surely the ultimate mark would be to retain + trade-up to a regular re-opening? 😉 in reply to adriansalmon #
  • A fab #ceac2011 Thanks to @CASE_Europe, @kahunter, @MotionJoanna + all. And now I'm going to switch my twattention to the #ldconf hashtag. #
  • RT @RobertWayman: The end #ceac2011 http://t.co/zL6JxJI « atmospheric photo, I hope Gemma + Shaun enjoy it too… #
  • @mikewill37 'Twas all good :) 5 hours sleep beckon… zzzzzzzz in reply to mikewill37 #
  • MT @adriansalmon: @stephentall Sadly we didn't get it open-ended! « Are we ending the day as we began it, on sex and Zen? #
  • MT @afneil: Some of u saying ITV Daybreak sets v easy questns bec it makes fortune when y'all call in. Is that legal?«U think it shdn't be? #
  • @MarkRClay Bless you for the #ff – see you this aft. in reply to MarkRClay #