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The Next Ragged University Event is next year...

Meantime, make yourself warm and comfortable, enjoy the winter for what you can. Thanks to everyone for supporting the project throughout the year, it would not have been possible without you !!!

Inclusive Education

I have been thinking about the nature of education and having been familiar with the noble aspects of this tenet of human society, I have not thought much about the negatives which it can manifest as. Francis Bacon is often attributed with having said ‘Knowledge is Power’. Regardless of who first said this, what is obvious is that it has become common currency as a phrase.

There are various ways in which this can be interpreted but one I like, which is not so commonly encountered is ‘Knowledge is only power when it is shared’. It was Francis Benton who told me this when she kindly consulted on the Ragged project at it’s inception.

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PSD Tuts

Psd Tuts

Psdtuts+ is a blog/Photoshop site made to house and showcase some of the best Photoshop tutorials around. We publish tutorials that not only produce great graphics and effects, but explain the techniques behind them in a friendly, approachable manner. Here are 50 excellent graphic design theory lessons to help you understand the ‘Whys, not just the Hows’.

Stony Brook University

The State University of New York at Stony Brook (commonly referred to as Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, or SBU) is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York in the United States. It is the youngest among university centers of the state, and has grown to be a flagship institution of New York, consistently being ranked as the top public university in New York by multiple publications. The university is one of the 62 research universities that comprise the Association of American Universities (AAU), an invitation-only organization of leading research universities in North America. Read more

Please Fund Us

please fund us

Our website gives everyone the chance to make their ideas happen (from anywhere in the world). It is also a place for people who want to be a part of something new and exciting. A place to help fund creativity!  We provide a risk free way for people to raise money to fund their creative projects and ideas. Here, project creators (from all over the world) can showcase their ideas to a wider audience, generate interest and garner the support of the ‘crowd’ – the online community.

Project owners submit their idea and invite people to pledge money to help get it off the ground. This is not an investment. The project owner retains full ownership and control of the idea. What financial backers receive instead are project based pledge rewards: experiences, products, acknowledgments and accreditations.

This is the last in the series of these ‘been there, done that’ blogs, where so far we’ve heard from successful project owners about their take on pledge rewards, video pitches, and how best to promote a crowdfunding project.  Their final insights explore the notion of hindsight: We asked them whether there’s anything they would have done differently, and what reflections they had on their campaign.  Please Fund Us also have an embeddable widget for your website.

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

Open Culture

open culture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find.

Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content – it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.