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The Next Ragged University Event: Manchester...

19th February: Manchester Ragged University: International Waste Management in 2015 and Beyond; From Crisis to Opportunity by David Brown - plus - Education and The Permanent Revolution of Reform; A Journey to the Dark Side by David Hall

Welcome to 2015 and thanks for checking back in. We are taking the first part of the year to program up the rest of the year with lots of interesting talks from people who love what they do. Anyone can do a talk and it is a good experience learning to talk in a room full of people who want to know what you are passionate about. This year we have a few surprises with some collaborations with other groups. This is entirely voluntary and we are always happy to hear from people who want to pitch in.

Some things in store include the ability to create online courses with COOCs, a call to be a part of an art exhibition challenging assumptions on mental health, a chance to contribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilites, practice the philosophy of citizen science and get involved in peer reviewing a medical hypothesis, help build an understanding of what a sustainable society looks like, and loads more...

We want to see every community create their own learning events and social networks, so please get in touch if you want any help. It is easy when it is simple and social. Create the world which you want to live in - a knowledge rich one where people are valued for what they do. Take inspiration from what happened in the Victorian times when people banded together to make the Ragged Schools. Oh yes, and dont forget, its not about the money, it's about valuing the knowledge and the people ;)

Vivian Aristotle Smiles

An article in the Guardian newspaper (Friday 14 January 2011) was brought to my attention the other day. Hermione Hoby wrote about the amazing Vivian Maier.

This is a fine case of where someone was truly engaged with what they did and got good at it because they were passionate. For the love of photography and the fascination of the world around her Vivian Maier became a great photographer producing thousands of images which further inspire and move other people.
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Peer Review

Scientific journals use a process of peer review, in which scientists’ manuscripts are submitted by editors of scientific journals to (usually one to three) fellow (usually anonymous) scientists familiar with the field for evaluation. The referees may or may not recommend publication, publication with suggested modifications, or, sometimes, publication in another journal.

This is an attempt to keep the scientific literature free of unscientific or crackpot work, it helps to cut down on obvious errors, and it generally improves the quality of the scientific literature. Work announced in the popular press before going through this process is generally frowned upon.

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University of California, Urvine

The University of California, Irvine (UCI, UC Irvine, or Irvine) is a public research university located in Irvine, California and one of the 10 general campuses in the University of California (UC) system. UCI’s Orange County campus is the fifth-largest in the UC system, with over 28,000 students, 1,100 faculty members and 9,000 staff. UC Irvine is considered a Public Ivy and offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 98 graduate and professional degrees.

The university is designated as having very high research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and in 2009 had $325.49 million in research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation. UC Irvine became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1996, and is the youngest university to hold membership. Read more

Interview With An Educator: Alex Shukie

This is an interview with Alex Shukie who works at Blackburn University Centre teaching maths and engineering.

She teaches to degree students and higher national students; traditional students who are all on campus as well as current military and ex-military. Read more