Notes from our 2nd AGM

Our AGM was held from 12-4pm on 11th May at the Collection, Lincoln. The first part of the AGM was dedicated to reporting on our membership, finances and other formal matters. You can read the notes from this by clicking on the links below.

Notes of AGM 11th May 2013

Financial Report 11th May 2013

Following this, the majority of the AGM was facilitated by three speakers. First, Mike Ward led a workshop on ethnographic research, based on his doctoral work documenting the lives of young men in South Wales. Then, Joel Lazarus spoke about his project, the People’s Political Economy, which has a number of similarities to the SSC. Finally, Mervyn Wilson, from the Co-operative College, spoke about the increasing number of state schools which are converting to co-operatives and his vision for FE and HE to do the same.

Thanks to everyone who attended. Our next meeting is a workshop this Saturday, 25th May at the Involvement Centre, Mint Lane, Lincoln, where we’ll be asking, “what does ‘Free Co-operative Higher Education’ really mean?” See you there!

Notes from our meeting on 17th March

Actions from the meeting can be downloaded here as well as a financial report.

This account of the meeting held on a particularly cold, dismal, Sunday lunch time is designed to give a flavour for those who could not attend of the discussions and deliberations.

Our thinking, dialogue and reflections for the 90 or so minutes of the meeting were focussed around the following questions:

  • What do we want our meetings to be about and how should we record them?
  • What are we the meanings of the key words: Free, Co-operative, Higher, Education,  that we are taking and using to shape the work of the SSC?
  • What are the boundaries of the work of the SSC?
  • What conceptually is HE outside conversational organisational settings?  How does the concept of the Open Ph.D  play into this ? How can the SSC facilitate people to do PH.Ds through accreditation of priori learning or via published work? Should we be doing this anyway and how do we ensure that we are not unintentionally supporting the ‘marketisation’ of Universities though supporting those that offer these routes?
  • How can we make meaningful and impactful links between the current work of the SSC and work that other alternative higher education groups are doing?
  • How are we securing a coherence between the work David and Vernon are doing vis a vis  the Pathway’s Centre  and that Gary and others s are looking to do other on the St Giles Estate? How can the work of other alternative Higher Ed groups nationally be embraced and benefited from. How do we co-operative advantage across groups and projects.
  • How do we keep the links, in relation to ’levels’  of scholarship, with mainstream provision? Do we need to this ?  How  best can we do this?

Needless to say we merely scratched the surface !

These are important and challenging questions that we will continue to explore together and which as collective positions emerge will provide the substance of what the SSC, as an evolving organism, emerges into next.

Exciting times!!!!