• 16th April 2019

    Alumni Blog: Remembering some staff

    I arrived from Liverpool at Ruskin College on October 7th 1968, being dropped off by taxi at Headington Hall. I was just 22 years of age and was a member of DATA (the Draughtsman’s and Allied Technician Association). I had for six years been a draughtsman at Cammell Laird shipbuilders in Birkenhead. The then principal at Ruskin was Billy Hughes, former Labour MP for Wolverhampton West and al...

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  • 30th May 2018

    Student Blog: Go on give it a go

    It was in 2016 when I first thought, I need to be stretched in my thinking and preconceived ideas on life. I needed to be challenged that there is more out there than just my blinkered view on the way the world works and more to the point how I could make a difference. Following a discussion with Jo my wonderful wife, she suggested I looked at an MA, my first reaction to that was, I am not goo...

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  • 4th May 2018

    Alumni blog: Colin Miller, Labour Studies Ruskin Student

    Prior to going to Ruskin College I was a craft bookbinder and trade union activist (SOGAT). Before that I was at a non-supportive secondary school, and being dyslexic I was in the ‘remedial’ class, so I came out of school with two low grade CSE’s. But I loved books so decided to become a bookbinder. To cut a long story short when I was an apprentice I became involved in trade unionism an...

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  • 29th March 2018

    Radical Transformations in Africa: workshop 2 in Tanzania

    The first workshop in Ghana in November was a great success according to the feedback from the mainly African participants. You can watch a very brief overview of the workshop here  The next workshop takes place at the University of Dar es Salam in Tanzania. This is highly symbolic because Tanzania's first post independent leader Julius Nyerere  is considered by many to be on...

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  • 19th March 2018

    Ruskin Timeline Biopic

    I attended Ruskin between 1966 and 1968, on a Robert Addy Hopkinson Labour Party scholarship, leaving to take up a place and a further scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge to read political economy. I graduated 2 years later, having been excused the first year Prelims as I had obtained a distinction in the Oxford University Diploma in Social Studies at Ruskin. My two years at Ruskin were ...

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  • 27th February 2018

    On This Day at Ruskin College: National Women’s Liberation Conference

    48 years ago, on 27th February 1970 Ruskin College played host to the first ever National Women’s Liberation Conference. Ruskin students Arielle Aberson and Sally Alexander worked with historian Sheila Rowbotham and initially intended to set up a women’s history conference. However, upon realising that women’s history had hardly ever been recorded they decided to focus the conference o...

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  • 22nd January 2018

    The Comprehensive University

    Last semester as part of our guest speaker series Radical Thoughts for Radical Times we were delighted to welcome Tim Blackman, the current Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. Tim eloquently presented the case for desegregating Britain’s class divided universities. He further sets out the issues and proposals for change in Occasional Paper 17 for the Higher Education Policy Insti...

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  • 9th January 2018

    Alumni blog: Life after Ruskin College

    During my second and final year at Ruskin I applied to University College, Durham, and for two courses at the University of Manchester. I also put down York and some other place to make up the numbers. Both York and the other place asked me for interview but I declined the requests as both Durham and Manchester left me with three degree courses to choose from, having made their offers as part of ...

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  • 20th December 2017

    Alumni blog: Ruskin life

    There was no such thing as a typical day at Ruskin College, at least in my time there in the early 1980s. Every day was new and different with so many things to cram into it that for the first time in my life I really did feel that there were not enough hours in every day to fit everything in. Ruskin used the Oxbridge tutorial method instead of the lectures and seminars that are found at most ...

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  • 7th December 2017

    Alumni blog: Why I chose Ruskin

    Ruskin College, Oxford, was not the only adult residential college in the 1980s when I returned to education as a mature student. Scotland had Newbattle Abbey, Coleg Harlech existed in Wales and the Northern College operated in Yorkshire. Plater College, Oxford, was the much smaller Catholic version of Ruskin, and although Ruskin and Plater were never officially sister institutions, students from...

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Today, Nelson Mandela Day, we remember activist and ex-Ruskin student Dave Kitson, who was jailed for 20 years for…

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