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Podcast: Isak Stoddard Presents at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; ‘From Sweden With Care’

This is an audio recording of the presentation given by Isak Stoddard at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the University of Manchester. Isak is Project Coordinator in Climate Change Leadership, Educational Coordinator and Deputy Director of CEMUS at Uppsala University in Sweden. The presentation was called ‘From Sweden with care’ and it deals with education and societal change in troubled times. Read more

Impoverishment, Downsourcing and Buying Your Way Out: Action Research in Context

In this essay I will be trying to drill down to the fine detail some of the what’s, how’s and why’s of ‘poverty’ are recreated in day to day behaviours and actions in the UK today.  For such an affluent nation brimming with endless numbers of charities, for me, significant questions are not being asked and significant acknowledgments are being avoided. This is part of an extended project focusing on how impoverished circumstances are created and recreated. This essay touches on the following points…

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Twas The Rant Before Christmas… What Makes The COOCs Initiative Succeed Where Others Fail

The language of failure is a tricky one to use without creating unhelpful tensions which can compartmentalize the spirit and function of education and social projects. When walking through the surreal world of policy-town, phrases take root and oblige people to think and act in ways which conform to the language that is giving shape to their thoughts. Policy and it’s language has come to possess people’s practice.

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The Porous University Symposium; What We Say and What We Do by Gina Wall

This is a presentation given at the Porous University Symposium at the University of the Highlands and Islands – A critical exploration of openness, space and place in Higher Education.  The symposium took place on 8th and 9th May, 2017 at the An Lòchran, Inverness Campus. Gina Wall works at Glasgow School of Art and has responsibility for developments in learning and teaching alongside the leadership of the undergraduate programme in Fine Art. Read more

The Principal; Power and Professionalism in FE: Measuring Up To The Mean – Beggars Belief

On Saturday 25th November I attended and presented at the ‘Power and Professionalism in FE Conference’ which was held at University of Huddersfield (Twitter hashtag: #hudpowerfe). This conference was brought together to coincide with, and reflect the themes, ideas and work of a host of contributors to the launch of the book ‘The Principal; Power and Professionalism in FE‘ published by University College London Institute of Education Press. Read more

Digital Literacy Skills; Lifelong Learning by Anonymous

21st century stands witness to changing traditional learning patterns and a transition process happening in lifelong learning right now. Teaching and learning has evolved dramatically and theories like learner learning styles that were viewed as important back in 1990s are no longer considered impactful. Learning is no longer confined to formal educational institutions but it is now an open process reaching out to all in the society. My childhood learning can now be enhanced by adult learning in the community. Read more

The Porous University Symposium: Inquiry as openness; Re-imagining the university, its commitments and responsibilities by Emanuele Bardone and Maarja Taaler

While it is usually connected to widening participation, openness can also be interpreted as the very core element constituting inquiry as a mode of engagement in and with the world. Our provocation focuses on inquiry as openness in university. Read more

The Porous University: Opening up the University; Being and becoming critically academically literate? by Gordon Asher

In contexts of an intensifying neoliberalisation of the Higher Education sector, this short verbal provocation proposes accepting Freire’s exhortation to begin with where we are at – to develop critical understandings of our lived contexts and contemporary conjuncture of crises, including of Higher Education. Read more