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The Next Ragged University Events...

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 ;)

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after the University of Oxford), and the third-oldest surviving university in the world. In post-nominals the university’s name is abbreviated as Cantab, a shortened form of Cantabrigiensis. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.

The institute grew out of an association of scholars that was formed in 1209, early records suggest, by scholars leaving Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk. The two “ancient universities” have many common features and are often jointly referred to as Oxbridge. Today, Cambridge is a collegiate university with 31 colleges and six academic schools. Read more



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The UNESDOC database contains 120 000 free downloadable documents in six official languages covering all UNESCO fields of competence since 1945 and most of the publications edited by the Organization.

The UNESCO Library provides reference and information services, including research, to the Organization as a whole, as well as to the general public with an interest in UNESCO’s fields of competence.  A statistics resource where you can download data from 200 countries in a variety of formats, and a Photobank with over 10,000 digitalized images for professionals and the public.

Interview With An Educator: John Morrison

This is an interview with John Morrison who works at Edinburgh Napier University teaching Digital Media and Interactive Design.

His interests include, technology enhanced learning, digital literacy and visual communication driven documentary. John talks about his experiences of education and dyslexia, how he came to be in education, about what makes him light up about teaching and also some of the things which he encounters in his role as a teacher and educator. The interview took place in George Square gardens next to a willow tree in June 2014… Read more

Stolen From A Crow by Crispin Case-Leng

I’ve always had this deep fascination with music. How it evokes our deepest feelings, how it creates joy, lust, sorrow and awe. It truly is a special art form. One which allows humans to connect emotionally on an unparalleled level.

As a songwriter, lyrics are of utmost importance to me. They can be used to tell stories of other worlds, to express the flutter of falling in love, to philosophise on the fabric of reality and even to state ones political agenda. The possibilities are truly endless. One may be forgiven for suggesting this can also be achieved through literature and yes I agree this to be a valid point.

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The More, The Merrier: Facts And Beliefs About The Bilingual Mind by Antonella Sorace

Anyone who has seen a small child switching from one language to another is likely to be amazed and perhaps envious at how effortlessly they are able to do this. Stories of immigrant children interpreting for their parents are commonplace, and in some parts of the world it is quite normal for children to be exposed to two or even more languages right from birth. Yet in modern industrial societies growing up with more than one language is often regarded as ‘special’. Read more

Mapping the Human Brain by Mike McInnes

A recent initiative of the US National institutes of Health (NIH) to map the human brain was announced.  The project has been entitled: “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN).”

The quotation below is sourced from the NIH:

“On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative to “accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought.” Read more