Archive for October, 2008

Tomorrow I will mostly….

October 19, 2008

Be getting cross I imagine. I have to meet again with my learning set. The below pretty much sums up what I expect will happen.

Even though its my error this still isn’t ok………

October 15, 2008
Some email correspondance. Incidentally since they have lost my application and its a new one, they have no idea what my disabilty might be. Ironically if you didn’t know. Its dyslexia.

RE: Disabilty Student Finance

(s) Tanya Beasley
Sent: 15 October 2008 13:00

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your swift response. I shall resend my paperwork presently.

Meanwhile, you and your colleagues might want to consider removing internal communication threads before replying to an email originator. Including discriminatory remarks is both insensitive and unprofessional.

From: Michael Amis []
Sent: 15 October 2008 10:13
To: (s) Tanya Beasley
Subject: FW: Disabilty Student Finance

Dear Tanya

We have no record of your DSA application, please could you resend to
Exeter office asap

Michael Amis
Student Finance Officer

—–Original Message—–
From: Peter Bosley
Sent: 15 October 2008 09:45
To: Michael Amis
Subject: FW: Disabilty Student Finance

Pl look into. She doesn’t seem to know her own name……

—–Original Message—–
From: Martin Brice
Sent: 15 October 2008 08:31
To: Peter Bosley
Subject: FW: Disabilty Student Finance

—–Original Message—–
From: (s) Tanya Beasley []
Sent: 14 October 2008 23:20
To: Exg.DG.CYP.StuSupp
Subject: Disabilty Student Finance

To whom it may concern,
I sent an application for disabled students finance back in the summer
but have had no response. Please advise whether you have received my
application. My details are as follows:
Tanya Bealey
DOB: **********

Thank you

Grumpy Bear

October 14, 2008

Now I am back in the real world (well university) I am annoyed alot of the time. Excuse me while I vent a bit.

  1. I’m not explaining to any more other students/lecturers why i’m not starting my placement until january (because of this resit thing see earlier posts). For future social workers a few of them need to learn about tact and appropriate times to ask personal questions! Hint – in the middle of a seminar in front of lots of people isn’t it.
  2. I am getting too intolerant for group work (or learning sets as they are called at school). I know its all about the forming, storming, norming and performing bollocks but I JUST WANT TO GET ON WITH IT!!
  3. In said learning set on monday we had a ‘lets all introduce ourselves and tell the group intersting stuff’ session (acutally i love stuff like that normally). So I said ‘my name is *** and i live in and i’m from and blah blah and on saturday shep and i watched the trident submarine come into plymouth from our house and now shep is working alongside it so we have been having lots of debates lately’. Then it gets around to the turn of boy i haven’t met before who says ‘well i’m *** and i’m an ex naval submariner’ (plus VERY pointed look at SGT). Like it was a personal attack on him. (just some background on this Devonport has just been awarded the refit contract for trident which is going to cost us £270 million. I’m sure most people might have an opinion about that one way or the other).  How I will end up getting on with this person remains to be seen.
  4. I am making myself unpopular with this group already. We have service users and carers assigned to these learning sets. One of them is brand new to working with students and quite overwhelemd I think. To this end I have been tactfully pulling people up on their use of jargon and also ploughing through the discussion at break neck speed. I’m not having it. Statements like ‘well everybody knows what a standard confidentiality statement should look like’ (only if you are a social work/health and social care student from stage 2 or above!!) are just plain rude.
  5. I have also hit a tolerance barrier with other peoples IT attitudes. In the first year statements like ‘well i’m not very good with/i’m scared of computers’ invoked alot of sympathy from me because although i am quite proficient with IT, as a fellow mature students i had plenty of hang ups about other things at uni. Hearing these disclaimers in year 3 is pushing me a bit. Every year during induction the uni provides several sessions of small group tutions on all the ECDL stuff but also online reserach methods (journal papers etc) and other useful software skills and stuff about recent technology which might be useful. I went to all the sessions last year, learned quite alot, played around with it all and practiced using different things. If you didn’t bother to attend its NOT MY PROBLEM!!  And more to the point HOW DO YOU THINK I LEARNED ALL THIS STUFF?? SPELL CASTING?Also we are 12 months away from employment now and its not like you could sit there in an office and say ‘no actually i can’t update all these case records on to CareFirst or the disabilty register because i don’t really like using computers’.

Meanwhile Shep and I had a nice weekend with a picnic and sunny walks and a night out to Annabel’s to show off my new dress from American Apparel which according to the boy was well worth it! This is what I wore.

Getting down to business

October 11, 2008

I have had a better week this week. Nasty germ has subsided a little bit and things are on the move with the rest of life.

  1. Shep has returned from Norway and even *gasp* had some time off. We have been horse riding and eating out and going to the movies and lots of nice things like that. Later on we are going on the ferry to Mount Egdecombe for a walk and an ice cream.
  2. I have been getting down to it with my uni work. There is a terrifying amount of it but it is at least interesting and engaging.
  3. I have two new learning sets. One I have started working with and the next one I meet on Monday. Multi Agency Working set has already become a problem….After two whole years of shite group dynamics if anyone thinks i’m sitting back and complying for the sake of not arguing they are deleuded. I am many things but never a pushover.
  4. I have rejoined the Service User and Carer Consultative Group attached to my faculty. It has been good to be back. Sometimes it feels like I have my own fan club cheering me on through a difficult degree. At the least I feel like I have a few spare mothers.
  5. I am doing a module on disabilty. This week we have been discussing cultural representations of disability. There are often v stereotyped (either the super cripple – forrest gump or rain man or a villain – dr no, captain hook even or they are pity figures). Soaps are a bit guilty on this front. Disabled people are very underepresented in soaps even though they probably make up a huge number of the audience. Emmerdale I recall had a wheelchair user character for a long time. Eastenders has a toddler with downs syndrome but neither Hollyoaks or Corrie have any disabled characters (correct me if I am wrong). This sorts of presumes that the disabled are excluded from the very ordinary things that soap characters spend their time doing such as chatting in the pub, shopping, getting a hair cut, talking to neighbours in the street or going to work.

I’d like some thoughts on point 5 please xxxxx

I used to be interesting but…

October 1, 2008

I am at present letting the flu get the better of me. Routine seems to consist of: wake up at 5am, remedicate, sleep until about 9, move into lounge. At about 2pm I can manage getting washed and dressed. And so on.

Anyway thats all very fascinating I’m sure. In the meantime I had a v nice weekend. It was the 1st aniversary of George’s death on sunday so I went home for some Mummy time. We pottered around Totnes on saturday, which if you are a tree hugging hippy like me is a shopping paradise. You can even sign up to be buried in a eco coffin down there. I bought these v posh herb planters for my plant friends. I have 6 herb plants now!

On sunday we had a pub lunch at Liverton (bit chavvy actually) and went to Endsleigh for more garden things. I bought the olive tree finally which I have been coveting. They can live for 2000 years apparently!  I am hoping it will like it in the big window in the kitchen. I will be very smug when I get to eat olives off my own tree one day.

Meanwhile I have been back to uni to start lectures. It was ok. Bit same old, same old really but I have yet another new work group which does not contain anyone I don’t get on with unlike previous years. I feel a bit detached from it really.

Shep is away diving. Return date unknown. Boo