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Open source Medical Device Registration

Several years ago, at the start of the Open Voice Factory project, it became clear that we’d need to register the Open Voice Factory, or some part of it, as a medical device. It was publicised to, in the words of the relevant european directive ‘mitigate handicap’, and so it needed to be registered. There is NO moral way around that. It also became clear that there were almost NO… Read Article →

Real Flexible Work

In an team with real flexible work you would be able to shut your laptop at any time without any guilt. There’s lots of reasons you might want to. Maybe you are sick. Maybe someone you care about is sick. Maybe you want to spend some time on your mental health and maybe someone has broken into your house and you need to ring the police. The reason isn’t important…. Read Article →

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The funding applications that made us a better charity (even when we didn’t get them)

People who manage funds that give money to social projects are, by definition, great people having to make hard choices about the best place to put money. It’s also important that people who manage funds keep to the lowest possible overhead.  It takes money to keep applicants up to date and give feedback and we accept that it’s often the best choice to save money there. Some funders do provide a… Read Article →

Reviewers wanted for BATTLECRY

eQuality Time has a project we’ve been working on for some time.   It’s an artistic project and we’ve submitted to the arts council. We’ve been rejected.    Six times. Each time we got back over the project, make big changes or little changes (there are two ways that the arts council can reject you, one has a wonderful amount of artistic feedback, and the other gives almost no feedback, we’ve… Read Article →

Research Snapshot: White Water Writers Novel Analysis

In the last post I talked about my (Joe’s) failing to get good results about the White Water Writers project.    By contrast, today I’m posting about the far far better science done by our team at Keele University.  Below is  the abstract that they have sent to the AERA conference recently.  Some bits that I’m particularly interested in: “The process allows young people to explore issues through their novels, which… Read Article →


Counting ‘good’ edits, failing at science, and sneaky writers

The books we make with White Water Writers help the writers get better at writing and feel better at life. I’ve always believed that part of this was the time spent on checking the work – two whole days at the end of the week is nothing but checking. Or so I thought… We’ve been gathering information to create a research paper on White Water Writers. The ‘feel’ bit is… Read Article →


eQuality Time is offically a registered Charity!

“Dear Contact You have applied to register the above organisation as a charity. We are satisfied that EQUALITY TIME LTD is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1177233.” Yes, we have finally found time to offically register as a charity! The process involved jumping through a few hoops – changing our objectives as an organisation (the CC thought that… Read Article →

Open Source Medical Devices

The Open Voice Factory is an Open Source Medical Device, so when I saw a video called “Are We Ready for Open Source Medical Devices?” from Hackaday, I was interested. Althought Ashwin is much more hardware-focused than we are, but it’s worth watching the whole video, and my main highlights were: Ashwin gives a nod to the difficulty in registering medical devices “More than the topic of a PhD” – I’d… Read Article →

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Cover story

The books of White Water Writers have some amazing covers. Here’s two of my favourites. These were both produced by amazing artists from the same schools that produced the novelists. I love it when we get great art because it means that yet another student got to see their work be part of something really real. Like the writers, the artists work best when they know what to do and when… Read Article →

White Water Writers Research Snapshot.

The team at Keele Univesity have sent over their a snapshot of their recent research into the White Water Writers project we run  and we thought you might be interested in reading it. There’s a full PDF of the research, and a short summary below. Summary 179 secondary school students were given questionnaires before and after the White Water Writers intervention.    Student questionnaires showed statistically significant gains in: Writing skill Team… Read Article →