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Podcast: Performance of From The Ganga To The Tay – Epic Poem by Prof Bashabi Fraser

The epic poem, From the Ganga to the Tay is about the Ganges and the Tay, two great rivers which are a continent apart involved in conversation about a shared history they live. In this performance of Bashabi Fraser’s work set to music, you get the chance to listen to the themes which she has used to illuminate the connections between Scotland and India highlighting the bodies of water as natural symbols of continuity and of peace. Read more

Disaster Capitalism and War on Drugs: An Interview With Antony Loewenstein and Q+A Session at Recovering Justice

A key aim of Antony Loewenstein’s book and film ‘Disaster Capitalism’ is to examine and reveal the dark and manipulative sides of aid as something which is used to extract profit from misery and disaster.  This article covers an interview with Antony as he did a film screening followed by questions and answers at Recovering Justice in Newcastle.  Disaster capitalism is about how economies have risen out of exploiting war, the criminalisation of populations, illness, natural disaster, and vulnerabilities across the world and on our own doorstep. Read more

Podcast: Michael Collins Deputy Director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs Explains How To Influence Legislation

Deputy Director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs in Washington, D.C, is Michael Collins.  He works with Congress to effect change in legislation on a wide variety of drug policy issues including ‘the war against drugs’, access to sterile syringes for drug users, appropriations, and Latin America. Originally from Glasgow in Scotland, he has lived in France, Spain and Mexico, before he moved to the U.S. Read more

The Porous University Symposium: “Der Fachidiot”; The Paratechnic in the Monotechnic by Neil Mullholland

The Porous University symposium was a collection of people in education brought together in the University of the Highlands and Islands during May 2017. The symposium was based on a series of provokations given by the various contributors interspersed with a series of conversations about what a porous university might mean or might look like in practice.

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The Excluded Voices of FE Teachers and Communities: The Principal – Power and Politics in Further Education by Rob Peutrell

Rob Peutrell contributed a chapter to the book ‘The Principal – Power and Professionalism in Further Education’, a collection edited by by Maire Daley,‎ Prof Kevin Orr,‎ and Joel Petrie.  The book brings people from various backgrounds and view points in contributions which interrogate power and how is it expressed in the Further Education sector today.  Read more

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