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Stephen Powell

I have worked with Stephen since 2000, when he joined the Talking Heads project and later in 2003 when he led the Ultraversity project. We then continued to work together on the IDIBL project at the University of Bolton.
Reflection: I am particularly pleased to have developed my knowledge of Cybernetics through working out the ideas with Stephen and applying them to our mutual experience and practice. We also tackled several social science and design research methods together, gaining confidence from sharing the challenge.

Stephen Powell in 2011Stephen's inquiring, direct and business-like manner has helped immensely to focus on publication and the completion of this thesis - he has acted as my main formal and informal supervisor (as the university changed its mind about the legitimacy of that rôle when you are colleagues and students). His interest in the systems of higher education has expanded my knowledge through the debates, planning and co-research we have undertaken. As a supervisor of my PhD he has helped me to plan milestones, provide moral support and shared his enthusiasm to see it completed. There are few people who have such a good and objective knowledge of the working of a university as an enterprise.

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893