Understanding the Emergence and Growth of ‘Free Universities’ in the UK Today

Joel Lazarus talks about the SSC in the context of the ‘free universities’ movement in the UK.

My name is Joel Lazarus. I spent five years working on financial trading floors after leaving Leeds University in 1998. In 2003, I left to get a postgraduate education that took me first to SOAS and then to Oxford. I completed my PhD in October 2011 and currently eke out a meagre living by teaching at several universities. Like so many others, I have grown increasingly disillusioned with the corporate, commodified direction higher education has taken. Being at Oxford in particular, I felt very strongly that I did not want to use the education that I have been so privleged to receive to perpetuate an elitist system….

Read the full article on the Oxford Left Review.

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