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Embedding Sustainability Across The Curriculum: University of Manchester Community of Practice

As the realisation sets in across the globe that we can no longer afford to be wasteful in the way we live, the question is recurring as to what ways of life we transition to and how.  This is common sense, and the multi-disciplinary study of sustainability is the form that common sense is taking in academic circles. As we are well aware, the problems which we are facing are global ones, where the sheer and vast numbers of human beings living on the planet now do not tally with the natural resources which are available on the earth.  Read more

Ragged University as a model of education: Power differentials and problems of scale

This presentation was given to the Knowledge, Power and Identity research group at the University of Manchester Institute of Education, on the 29th February 2016.  The research group explores understandings that educational theories, practices and policies work to constitute categories of identity and subjectivity that reflect knowledge and power relations.  Read more

Sustainability in the Curriculum: University of Manchester

I was recently invited to sit in on a meeting of the Community of Practice at University of Manchester which is thinking through how to embed Sustainability across the curriculum. This area of thinking and study is massively relevant as it connects with each and every human and living thing on the planet. How we move into greater synergy with our environment and life supporting bio-systems is an emerging field which is complex and multi-disciplinary. Read more

Podcast: Drew Whitworth Introduces Session on Information Inequalities

This is a podcast of a panel session chaired by Dr Andrew Whitworth (Manchester Institute of Education) entitled Information Inequalities: do they exist and are they a problem for Manchester?   This session considers how policies other than strictly ‘education’ policies can impact upon access to informational resources, and thus the learning capacity of communities.

The session opens by presenting a recently-researched map of Manchester’s informational environment (see, showing how a range of physical informational resources, such as libraries, tutors, work clubs and youth clubs are distributed across the city, and how this correlates to indices of multiple deprivation. Where no policy framework governs their distribution, as with private tutors, there is an almost complete absence of these in the city’s poorest areas. Read more

Collaboration: University of Manchester and Ragged University By Steve McIndoe

The University of Manchester Library has been running a credit-bearing course unit called The Digital Society for the past two years as part of the University College programme.

This is an innovative attempt by the University to offer students a wider range of learning experiences and opportunities outside of their main programme of study. University College courses are open to all undergraduate students for all disciplines and the Digital Society course unit runs in the second semester of the academic year (broadly speaking, from January to May). Read more