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A Brief History of Ruskin College by Raymond King

Named after John Ruskin, Ruskin College was founded in 1899 by Charles Austin Beard and Walter Watkins Vrooman with the aim to provide university standard education for working class people.

From the start the college was associated with the organised labour movement and these links remain strong today. The subject areas intentionally moved away from the classical studies of Oxford University to concentrate on the Social Sciences, a tradition that still holds true today. Read more