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13th November Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to listen to ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito - plus - 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes....

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A Word From The Janitor by Alex Dunedin

I thought I would let you know a bit more about me and what ‘Ragged University’ is.  I am Alex Dunedin and I am the principle janitor who does the organising and advertising of the events, using meetup to build a community of people (amongst other things).  I have noticed the odd email enquiring about what the ‘project’ is or who does the organising so thought I would write this.

Ragged started about 2010 when I got an idea from two friends who were retired educators – Eileen Broughton and Roy Wilsher.  Not only were they friends, but they always mentored me in various ways, particularly their own subjects of Economics, History and Education. They suggested that the Ragged Schools movement brought people together and that the Madras Peer led teaching method which Andrew Bell developed where highly effective making everyone’s lives richer and better. Continue reading this article “A Word From The Janitor by Alex Dunedin” »

Experiences of Food Poverty: Methods of Study by Samuel Lindskog

This inductive (Bryman 2012:8,12,111) research project was based on nine in-depth and unstructured interviews carried out between February and May 2014, resulting in rich (Charmaz 2006:10) qualitative data. Seven of the interviews were transcribed verbatim, one was lost due to the audio file being corrupted and another was excluded as the participant was deemed to not have experienced food poverty.

The sample was kept small, partly due to time restraints (Mcneil and Chapman 2005:25-26) and partly because the data collected was felt to be rich enough to compensate for  the lack of generalizability. The research did not reach saturation (Bryman 2012:426). ‘Thick’ description revealed feelings, attitudes, views and structures through personal accounts (Charmaz 2006:14), achieving high validity of data. Continue reading this article “Experiences of Food Poverty: Methods of Study by Samuel Lindskog” »

Welcome to the Ragged University By Adam Smyth

If you go down to the pub today you’re in for a big surprise. No,  I’m not talking about getting a kicking from the local thugs who claim the bar as their patch. Instead, imagine the scenario: you walk into a Glaswegian bar  and lay eyes upon a group of students inside. No surprise there you might think.

But what if you saw that they were attending a talk on the merits of Pride and Prejudice, or how Dialectograms are important to our Urban history or even how Hip Hop’s roots started off in gang warfare? Welcome to the Ragged University By Adam Smyth. Continue reading this article “Welcome to the Ragged University By Adam Smyth” »


Sponsume is an independent venture based in London. Launched in August 2010, it is the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to creativity and innovation launched in the UK and Europe!  Sponsume was founded by Gregory Vincent, a passionate advocate of microfinance. Prior to creating Sponsume, Greg worked as an assistant tutor at Oxford University and as a financial analyst in London. Continue reading this article “Sponsume” »