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Next Ragged University Events:

The 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival explores the theme of Reclaim, with over 300 events taking place across Scotland from 10th - 29th October....Click here for more on the festival

Edinburgh 26th Oct: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and two talks... 'Multilingualism; An Investment For A Better Society' by Prof Antonella Sorace plus 'Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It' by Jan Conway... Click Here To Read More

All Events Are Free And Open To Everyone - no booking required !

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What Makes A Fair Society

Simon Marriott asked to write my thoughts about ‘what makes a fair society?’. He is soliciting opinion on the matter of growing socio-economic inequality across the world and looking for ideas/ideals/mechanisms to improve civic institutions/civil society, education and to advance knowledge of rights and responsibilities, to enable people in all societies to change their own lives and communities for the better.

The following article is what I have written for him to add to the thinkers which constitute The Society For Curious Thought:

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Podcast: Participation, Motivation and Adult Learning by Dr Ellen Boeren

Dr Ellen Boeren is Chancellor’s Fellow (tenure track) at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). She got her PhD in Educational Sciences in May 2011 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. On the 10th of July 2014, she gave a talk in a Ragged University event which was called “Participation, motivation and adult learning: similarities and differences across Europe”.  You can listen to the podcast here.

She is interested in the field of higher/adult/lifelong education and conducts European comparative research studies.  She holds a special interest in survey methodology.  Ellen teaches ‘Research Methods’ for MSc students at Moray House in Edinburgh. She was appointed as  the new Chair of SCUTREA (Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults). Read more

Music: Under The Dogwood Tree

Under The Dogwood Tree are an Edinburgh band headed up by Alison Lyles and William Ancell. Since 2006, when they met, they have played extensively and released their debut album which was produced and recorded in various locations across the Lothians and Lanarkshire.

The album is their own original eclectic mix blending British and American folk with trans-Atlantic influences ranging from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Fairport Convention. Songs include a gospel chain gang song (“Twenty Pounds for Redemption”), an old-fashioned drinking song (“Werewolf Blues”) and a bluegrass waltz (“Tennessee Waltz”). Read more