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Next Ragged University Events:

The open call for speakers is now on inviting everyone to do a talk or an activity in which you share what you are passionate about. It can be anything, it just has to be something which you enjoy. This project is not about being the worlds expert, or delivering a speech which drops jaws at Carnegie Hall; this project is a friendly, social space where we come together, break bread, and take pleasure in learning about what someone has invested their interest and life in. Lead with your imagination and sense of pleasure. Drop us an email if you would like to do a talk...

14th March Edinburgh: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and listen to 'Mood Hacker – Feelings, Emotions and Moods (what are they, how do they work, and how you can manage them better)' by Leon Paterson

People are welcome to guest blog

Loving Yourself Inside & Out! by Faith Canter

If you’re tired of judging yourself, putting yourself down, dishonouring your body, disrespecting your history and disliking who you are and the life you lead, then you are in the right place!

Through my work with my clients, I have found that behind many health conditions is a lack of self-love. And when we address this lack and embrace the beauty of who we truly are we go through some truly profound healing, both mentally and physically. I have seen energy and vitality substantially increase, relationships improve, pain slip away, disease in the body leave, passion and purpose shine through, finances flourish and not only how we feel about our bodies dramatically improve but even changes in the way our body looks and feels follow suit, just from addressing our love of our self. Read more

David Turner talks the Arms Trade

I’m a longterm peace, human rights and nuclear disarmament campaigner.  In 1996 together with other concerned individuals I founded Edinburgh CAAT Group and have been active as a campaigns organiser for 14 years.

A few lines about the history of your subject:

A Campaign Against Arms Trade began in 1975 in England, established by individuals and groups who saw a need for an organisation focusing specifically on challenging the Government’s active support of a trade which fuels conflict, aids repressive regimes and aggravates poverty


David did this talk on the 9th March 2012

Podcast: Drew Whitworth Introduces Session on Information Inequalities

This is a podcast of a panel session chaired by Dr Andrew Whitworth (Manchester Institute of Education) entitled Information Inequalities: do they exist and are they a problem for Manchester?   This session considers how policies other than strictly ‘education’ policies can impact upon access to informational resources, and thus the learning capacity of communities.

The session opens by presenting a recently-researched map of Manchester’s informational environment (see, showing how a range of physical informational resources, such as libraries, tutors, work clubs and youth clubs are distributed across the city, and how this correlates to indices of multiple deprivation. Where no policy framework governs their distribution, as with private tutors, there is an almost complete absence of these in the city’s poorest areas. Read more