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March 25, 2009


Now that the formal part of the project is over and the final report is pretty much ready to go, it's time to acknowledge that it's been a team effort and thank everyone.

Sounds Good has involved many people, staff and students, all of whom helped the project to succeed in one way or another. Thanks are particularly due to JISC, for the funding and also for consistent encouragement and support, most obviously from Lawrie Phipps, Programme Manager for the Users and Innovation Programme. My line manager, Prof Sally Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Assessment, Learning and Teaching at Leeds Met, deserves an accolade for allowing me to run the project as I wished and to give it more time than budgeted for. Simon Thomson, Sounds Good’s Deputy Project Manager, has been a valuable ally, sounding board and source of advice. I am also grateful to my main contacts at the three partner institutions for Sounds Good 2: Bob Ridge-Stearn at Newman University College, Caroline Stainton and Katie Jackson at the University of Northampton and Simon Sweeney at York St John University. Peter Chatterton, the project’s ‘critical friend’, provided reassurance and an extra forum for discussion as well as provoking productive thought. Isobel Falconer, our external evaluator, negotiated sensitively on how to review the project and then worked with colleagues before producing her helpful insights and perspectives. It has also been fun to get to know Will Stewart, leader of the ASEL project at the University of Bradford, and to share experiences with him. To all these people, and to others too numerous to mention, I much appreciate your contributions.

What a team!

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