Last week, I attended a 'roundtable' event at the Co-operative College that focused on co-operative higher education. The Agenda was as follows: Dan Cook, author of Realising the Co-operative University (2013) has written up some notes of the meeting which you can read on his blog. There is still much work to do but last week's event felt … Continue reading Co-operative university ’roundtable’ at the Co-operative College
One of the significant issues that our research into co-operative higher education has understandably raised is the extent to which it would be (must be?) regulated by the legislative framework for higher education in the UK. Depending on how you view it, one of the 'benefits' of working within the regulatory environment is that students are … Continue reading A ‘co-operative mutual fund of communal interest’ for student finance?
Reblogged from Richard Hall's website: Working with 20 co-authors, Joss Winn and I have just submitted the manuscript for Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education. The edited collection forms part of Bloomsbury Academic’s series on Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education. Assuming that the review process goes to plan, the book is slated for publication in early … Continue reading Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education
A scene from Wings of Desire (1987) by Wim Wenders. "The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human inhabitants and comfort those who are in distress. Even though the city is densely populated, many of the people are isolated or estranged from their loved ones." [00:00:00 - 00:04:49 No … Continue reading Symphony of voices
According to Google's Ngram Viewer, reference to 'academic labour/labor' has risen significantly since 1953. Why?
My dad, Nigel Winn, died quite suddenly of cancer in 2006 aged 56. Since his death I have been meaning to collect his writing and publish a selection of his poetry. It's taken me ten years to make time for this, in between having a daughter, getting married, building a house, chasing and holding onto employment and also … Continue reading What we leave behind
For the past six months, I have been learning to play the (classical) guitar. I played electric guitar for a couple of years when I was a teenager and have tried to return to playing a few times since then. This time, I have the benefit of a superb teacher who has reminded me (now from the point of … Continue reading Learning to listen
"Most people go to films to get some kind of hit, some kind of overwhelming experience, whether it's like an amusement park ride or an ideological, informational hit that gives you a critical insight into an issue or an idea. But for those few people who feel they need a reprieve occasionally, who want to cleanse the palate a … Continue reading ‘A relationship with the world that provides freedom to actually look at things’
I mentioned that Mike Neary and I received funding for a new project on 'Co-operative Leadership for Higher Education'. This is just a note to say that the project has its own website which you can subscribe to: http://coophe.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk Recent posts outline the project, relate it to our previous project to develop a framework for co-operative … Continue reading Website for Co-operative Leadership for Higher Education
Andrew McGettigan, has published another useful post on the complexity of student loans. They are complex, not only for the government to model, but also for the borrower to understand how much they will repay and the actual value of the money they repay. The cost of something worth £9000 today is not the same as … Continue reading The value of student loans