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Thursday, December 12, 2013

More colourful corporate spin from the VC

NB - note the R word (respect) and the c word (Collaboratively).

Apparently  "Quite simply, it's through these actions and capabilities that collectively, we will achieve our Vision to be a leading University - in everything we do."

PS - One of our readers has very aptly brought our attention to the fact that this latest corporate spin from the Uni is similar to the Google Chrome symbol. 

Shouldn't the Uni acknowledge this?  Perhaps Google Inc, on one of its frequent visits to monitor our blog, will take action. 


  1. It looks like a target. Believe their lies and you will be in the centre.

    Besides looking like the google chrome logo. This pretty design doesn't absolve them of any responsibility. It makes it harder for people who have been bullied in the past to acheive congruence.

    As it stands who is in charge of the basic moral conduct of the University?

    You will not discover it clearly from this diagram. Talk about cycle of blame!!!!

    A University shouldn't instruct students on their motivations for studying. This diagram explicitly does. Notice how there is no mention of students anywhere.

    Finally notice how the senior staff and management completely border/patrol the central policy whereas the students either don't exist or are completely locked outside of the people governing the policy.

    If you want evidence of facism this amoral pie chart is an excellent example.

  2. The university is at turns, depending on whose asking

    "A challenger brand"

    "In the top 3% of the worlds universities" - which it isn't.

    On positioning "We don't compare ourselves to other universities"

    Funny that these comments were all made and endorsed by Caroline McMillen. One person, three different descriptions.

  3. The aim of the sociopath is to win, no matter the cost. Take a good look at this new pinwheel of choices and see what the central object is.

  4. I've just noticed that the issues that should be all one unit are in compartments. How many universities are there?

    The grey area is the innermost section which is the staff and management. Instead of this being a partitioned section, this is one gigantic section with no division or definite colour. This undefined large block is unable to be broken or defined laterally. In order to get to the centre you have to get past them first. If you can find a way in.

    How appropriate this image is.

    Not every academic wants to be a leader by the way. That is decided by the recipients.


  5. The grey area exists seperately from the vague moralism of the outer. A clear and comfortable white perimeter seperates you and them.

    Grey is a vague colour, is it black or is it white? It is both and it is a combination or not either black or white.

    The politics of the management and staff need not be involved in the coloured folk who demand such trivial expectations. They dictate.

    Psychologists often refer to criminal minded patients as the "grey people"

    For example

    The grey people : a study of the criminal mind /​ D.W. Menzies.

    My final observation is that it looks a lot like the google chrome logo to not be plagiarised. Once again this is appropriate. The uni stole someone elses work and have passed it off as their own without referencing it.

    Perhaps google should take them to task for such theft.

    Lastly the whole wheel tends to objectify everything hidden and special about education. It looks like a target finder on a rifle or camera.

    The sociopath goal in the middle, to win, is ultimately the biggest let down. Education isn't about winning.

    The university paid good money for this as well....,

    1. Notice how the leaders in the diagram appear to corner the individual contributor? Notice how the very notion of the individual is held in sore antagonism to the rest of the pinwheel? No one else is.

      Appropriately enough the only segment left to the victim in the diagram, the individual, is to strive for excellence.

      The other segments are the jargon used by management to destroy the individual. The centre goal seems to be partly aped by the victim as he/she tries to break from the circle.

      How appropriate.