Photograph of Scrabble letters arranged to form the word Welcome.


This website began its life by focusing on ways to help us stay on top of attendance at university teaching. In these Covid times, I’ve begun to incorporate ideas on how we can stay engaged with a physically-distanced course, and how we might stay healthy at the same time. Overall, the emphasis on turning up to teaching (whether online or in person) remains crucial to academic success, and is all the more important at a time when it is much easier to become isolated.

Recent updates included some advice on managing motivation in depression, dealing with a period of self-isolation, and guidance on how to find your own solutions. Links are in the left-hand menu.

When you hear the word engagement, what comes to mind? Is it something about rules and regulations? Perhaps you immediately jump to the problems you have staying focused and fidget-free! Or does the word evoke something else: perhaps meaningless educator language, or the grey drizzle of boredom.

A black and white photograph of an empty classroom.
Where’d everyone go? Image by Max Klingensmith.

There are lots of reasons why attending and engaging with teaching can be a challenge. If you are finding it hard, then this website is for you.

If you want some help to think about why these things might be a problem for you, then its best to start with our reflection page.

If you’ve already got an idea what the problems might be then you can jump straight to the relevant section using the menu on the left (top right if you are on a smartphone).