Student Voices

  • 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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  • 21st November 2017

    Alumni blog: How my journey to Ruskin College started

    The letter from Ruskin College, Oxford, arrived in early 1983 and I eagerly tore it open to read my fate. “We are sorry to have to tell you,” it began, so I tossed it to one side without reading the rest and told my mother that I was staying in Manchester to continue throwing drunks out of the nightclub that employed me as a doorman three nights a week. My mother had more sense than me so ...

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  • 2nd November 2017

    Student blog: Ruskin will be your stepping stone to a greater future

    As a trade union representative, Ruskin College was very much on my radar due to its deep roots and rich history on the left wing of the political spectrum. My ties with the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn and my beliefs, I feel, are very much in line with the College’s ethos. Ruskin's history is a well woven tapestry with many working-class heroes studying here from all across the globe. This...

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  • 31st August 2017

    Student blog: Ruskin, the place I will never forget

    I have been a student since 2010. I have dyslexia and I really struggled in school because of it. Teachers did not recognize it at all and I was told that I was not an ‘academic’ and should focus on something more hands-on such as childcare. Although childcare is a rewarding profession it was not something I wanted to do. Nonetheless their determination to steer me away from academia into a s...

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  • 22nd August 2017

    Student blog: Why Ruskin?

    It wouldn’t be uncommon to find a teenager who was confused as to how to go about in shaping his interests and future; I was no different. Although I enjoyed English, Maths and History among other subjects at school, organised and institutionalised studies didn’t resonate with me directly and took me a while to get a grasp of juggling discipline and wanting to do what felt right and at times ...

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  • 16th August 2017

    Sociology, Politics, Economics and me: What did I learn about being a student last year?

    From my last year of study I feel that I have begun to learn the foundations of being an independent learner and developing the ability to study more effectively.  In this blog I will explain how I felt about tutorial tasks, fellow students, and my difficulties with time management.  I will then reflect on the positive aspects of my experience so far at Ruskin with a conclusion cen...

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  • 8th August 2017

    What to expect at a Ruskin College Open Day

    “I felt really inspired and enjoyed it”  feedback from 24 June 2017 Open Day Open Days are a great opportunity for you, your friends and family to discover more about studying at Ruskin College. You will meet with course tutors and staff to find out more about our approach to teaching, the courses we offer and how we can help you take the next step on your learning journey. Do you ...

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  • 2nd August 2017

    Student blog: my Ruskin experience

    Where you live? I currently live in Barton and have done since 2011. What are you studying? I am currently studying the Certificate in Higher Education - Law. Why did you come to Ruskin College? I came to Ruskin because I wanted a change in direction. I had worked for 10 years in the catering and hospitality industry and felt that it was time that I pursued my interest in the Law. ...

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  • 30th June 2017

    Student blog: Attention all those in need of something different!

    I hated school; I skived off as much as possible. The teachers bored me and I never felt like I learnt anything, so I left as soon as I could. I was 15, headstrong and foolish. I decided to leave without sitting my GCSE exams. Years later, I wasn’t very happy drifting through life and the challenge of change through education stirred my soul again and again. In a messy bed-sit on a run-down ...

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