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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. Drop us an email if you would like to do a talk...


26th April Edinburgh: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. The talk this evening is 'Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular: or From ‘Juvenile Paganini’ to Operatic Entrepreneur' by Iain Fraser - plus - the Post Modern Doctorate and how we value knowledge outside of formal education, a discussion with Alex Dunedin… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


30th April Edinburgh: Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) from 12 to 3pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear the thoughts of James in relation to the art which he helps curate... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


3rd May Edinburgh: Come along to the Boardroom of St John’s Church Conference Center (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 7pm and take part in the first of a series of events: 'The Art of Argumentation; Philosophy, Reason and the Universe Series with Tina Rock'; Why do philosophy, if you can do science?... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO



People are welcome to guest blog - no commerical blogging though

Tackling Income Inequality: Local Government Pay Policies by Benjamin Irvine

Recent Background to Fair Pay in the Public Sector: The Hutton Review of Fair Pay and Pay Policy Statements: The Government commissioned The Hutton Review of Fair Pay amid growing concerns about income inequality and runaway high pay. The review found that median top salaries in local government grew at a considerably faster rate than entry salaries in the period 2001-2008 (an average annual growth of roughly 5% compared to 3%).

[Will Hutton, ‘Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector: Final Report’. 2011. p.9. Retrieved from: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130129110402/http:/www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/hutton_fairpay_review.pdf]

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Music: NASOV

NASOV is Francesco Bordo, from Italy, singing around the classic topics of folk music, such as mammals, vegetables, body secretions.

He lived in London for four years, where he got inspired by the fresh air and the relaxedness of people. He’s now based in Naples, where he keeps on writing even whilst washing the dishes. Actually, especially whilst washing the dishes. You can find all the NASOV stuff you’ve always dreamt of on:

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Great Educator: Mary Wollstonecraft 1759 to 1797

Mary Wollstonecraftleft home after receiving a haphazard education in a miserable and unloving family situation. She spent the next nine years in some of the few occupations open to unmarried women at that time. First she was a companion to a widow in Bath. Next, with the help of a sister and close friend, she established and ran a school for girls; then when that venture had to close, she became a governess.

“The most perfect education, in my opinion, is such an exercise of the understanding as is best calculated to strengthen the body and form the heart. Or, in other words, to enable the individual to attain such habits of virtue as well render it independent. In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of it’s own reason”

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