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Live Music In Edinburgh Throughout July: Ragged University has teamed up with Edinburgh Fringe Live to bring you 26 live music acts over the month of July on the Peartree Garden Stage. Come Along, enjoy the sun with some music....

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12th August Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Central Library in the George Washington Browne room, one floor down on the Mezzanine level at 5pm to hear ‘Plebs’: the Ruskin College Strike of 1909 by Colin Waugh - plus - 'Left for the Rising Sun. Right for Swan Hunter. The Plebs League in the North East of England 1908/1926' by Robert Clive Turnbull....

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Education, Training and Applied Economics: A Digest by Alex Dunedin

applied economics

Clearly this is an area of wide scope and considerable complexity which merits an in-depth analysis. Here we only consider those aspects of education and training particularly relevant to the debate on market versus non-market means of resource allocation. Benefits of education and training Additional education or training can clearly be regarded, in part, as yielding consumption benefits e.g. positive utility or pleasure to those directly involved in the process of gaining knowledge or acquiring skills.

However the main motivation to both suppliers and purchasers of education and training is likely to take the form of securing investment benefits. In other words, the use of scarce resources by suppliers (labour, capital) and purchasers (time, energy, money, income expended, income foregone, etc.) to yield higher future returns. At the micro level this return on ‘human capital investment’ may originate from a rightward shift in the Marginal Revenue Product Curve .

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Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future


The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) is the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration (1990), which has been signed by over 400 college and university presidents and chancellors worldwide. ULSF supports sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach in higher education through publications, research, and assessment.  They have brought together a series of great free resources on sustainability issues.

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Great Educator: Maria Montessori 1870 to 1952

Maria Montessori portrait

At the age of 13 Maria Montessori decided to become an engineer.  She enrolled in a technical school but changed her focus to medicine.  In 1896 she was to become the first woman in Italy to graduate from medical school.  Soon after she broadened her scope to become an educator.  She studied young children in asylums and was drawn to the work of Jean Marc Gaspard Itard and Edouard Seguin.

In her book, The Montessori Method, she describes The voice of Seguin seemed to be like the voice of the forerunner crying in the wilderness, and my thoughts were filled with the immensity and importance of a work which should be able to reform the school and education. (Chicago: Regnery, page 42, 1972 ed).

She studied various contributors to educational thought including the philosophies of Rousseau, Pestalozzi and Froebel.  She went on to develop a series of lectures at a teacher training institute in Rome on special methods of education and was then appointed director of a medical pedagogical institute in the Pedagogic School at the University of Rome.

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Thomas Guthrie and the Ragged Schools; first Ragged podcast…

Well, the tail has been twisted and yarn has been spun. Luke has cleaned up the sound files and the first podcast is here for all those who could not make it.  Over time we want to make the talks all as accessible as possible and free podcasting seems to be a great way to reach more people.  Let us know what you think, and meantime we will scurry around and try to bring you the whole evening of the 12th June to you by the use of common technology…

This is Alex Dunedin talking about Thomas Guthrie and the Ragged Schools in Edinburgh.  An inspiring history, amongst many of the time to starting the Ragged Project.

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University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in the world by the 2013 QS rankings. It is ranked 11th in the world in arts and humanities by the 2012–13 Times Higher Education Ranking. It is ranked the 15th most employable university in the world by the 2013 Global Employability University Ranking. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

The university played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North. Graduates of the university include some of the major figures of modern history, including the naturalist Charles Darwin, physicist James Clerk Maxwell, philosopher David Hume, mathematician Thomas Bayes, surgeon Joseph Lister, signatories of the American declaration of independence John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, first president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere, and a host of famous authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie and Sir Walter Scott. Associated people include 18 Nobel Prize winners, 1 Abel Prize winner, several Turing Award winners, 3 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, 2 currently-sitting UK Supreme Court Justices, and several Olympic gold medallists. It continues to have links to the British Royal Family, having had Prince Philip as its Chancellor from 1953 to 2010, and Princess Anne since 2011

(Introduction drawn from Wikipedia)

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