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Next Ragged University Events:


24th Sept Edinburgh: Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11am for a talk by James on Lucy Skaer’s art and a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear thoughts in relation to the art which he helps curate... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


27th Sept 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 to learn about 'Resilience to Succeed; A highly Interactive Approach to Restoring, Recovering and Overcoming' by Leon Paterson CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


9th Oct Edinburgh: Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts from 7pm. Come along for a 'Film Screening of Unrest; Award Winning Documentary on M.E. followed by Q&A with Knowledgeable Patient' by Elizabeth Moncrieff… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


13th Oct Edinburgh: Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 2pm and the event starts from 2.30pm. Come along for a bite of food, a film screening and discussion on 'Prison and Dehumanisation; Film Screening and Talks on Crime, Prison and Us'… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Newsclipping: Adult Education Endowment Wanted

Edinburgh University Settlement Work: Adult Education Endowment Wanted

To support the extended work of the Edinburgh, University Settlement Association, and j to provide an endowment fund, the Executive propose to raise the sum of £50,000. This intimation was made at the annual meeting I of the Association, which was held in Craigmillar College, Niddrie Mains Terrace, yesterday, when Professor Sir David Wilkie pre­sided over a large attendance. Among those present was Dr Jones, secretary of the Pilgrim Trust. Read more

Ragged University Has No Funding: Anyway, It Is Not About Money

Recently I was met with disappointment when I had to inform someone that there was no money to pay for expenses so that they could talk at a Ragged University event.  I got the sense that they wanted a token, a symbol of worth, that they were appreciated such as some petrol money or the like.  It was uncomfortable.  The point I had to make was that Ragged University has no funding – there is no money to offer as every last penny, moment or resource (that I have) is set out to create the platform and social setting so that all individuals can share their knowledge in a warm community space.

One day I hope that there will be funding – once the labyrinthine outcomes and measurements culture is negotiated, and a humanised way to illustrate the reality of the project is acceptable to those who hold the purse strings.  Just now outcomes and measurements bureaucracies appear as a deadweight costs which starve the project of the elements needed to create the educational setting.  When funding is attained – without putting individuals under microscopes and without imposing on people’s fragile personal space or thought processes – the money will still be channelled solely to creating educational opportunity. Read more

Common Sense: A Theory of Inherent Knowledge

‘What can I come to know ?’. As a starting point I have chosen ‘to look to the teacher of the thinker you admire’ as a place to evolve new perspectives and utilise convenient frameworks to create scaffoldings in my attempt to formulate this thesis of common sense. Admiring the stories written about Socrates, I thought it would be interesting to take the peers and teachers of Socrates as pivot points to generate thinking.

This is an exploration of common sense so my starting point is knowledge. I contend that we can come to know things; that we regularly use common instruments – tools available to us all – to access knowledge, and that gaining knowledge is a communitive process. Implicit in this is a sense of community, other, communication, also of language. Through observation and communication, it is possible to arrive at common sense of things. Read more

1905: Edinburgh University Settlement Association Constitution

1. The objects for which the Association is formed are to carry on social, educational, and religious work in Edinburgh; to inquire into the conditions of the poor; to promote, particularly among graduates and students of the University, the study of social problems, and, to consider and advance plans calculated to further the welfare of the community.

2. The Association shall be strictly undenominational. Read more