Beyond Public and Private: A Framework for Co-operative Higher Education

Framework for Co-operative Higher Education (click to enlarge)

SSC members, Mike Neary and Joss Winn have a new journal article out in the Open Library of the Humanities. It is a longer companion piece to their article in LATISS. The original research was funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation and is now being further developed by funding from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, where the framework is being explored in the context of four case studies

Here’s the abstract:

Universities in the UK are increasingly adopting corporate governance structures, a consumerist model of teaching and learning, and have the most expensive tuition fees in the world (McGettigan, 2013; OECD, 2015). This paper discusses collaborative research that aimed to develop and define a conceptual framework of knowledge production grounded in co-operative values and principles. The main findings are outlined relating to the key themes of our research: knowledge, democracy, bureaucracy, livelihood, and solidarity. We consider how these five ‘catalytic principles’ relate to three identified routes to co-operative higher education (conversion, dissolution, or creation) and argue that such work must be grounded in an adequate critique of labour and property i.e. the capital relation. We identify both the possible opportunities that the latest higher education reform in the UK affords the co-operative movement as well as the issues that arise from a more marketised and financialised approach to the production of knowledge (HEFCE, 2015). Finally, we suggest ways that the co-operative movement might respond with democratic alternatives that go beyond the distinction of public and private education.

Read the article online or download from OLH.

SSC AGM Planning Meeting, 25th June

 

Venue: Angel Cafe

Time: 11am

Present: Laura, Meredith, Sarah, Mike

Online publicity

A short piece setting out details about the SSC  AGM has been posted on Lincolnite website

Posters/flyers

Delivery of posters/flyers from printer to be confirmed 26th June.

Distribution of flyers

Members to distribute flyers to residents across the city on dates set out below. Please let us know when/if you able to do this:

West End, Tues 27th 7pm. Meet 252 West Parade.

St Giles, Weds 28th June 7pm. Meeting place tba.

St Georges and Long Leys, Thurs 29th June 7pm. Meeting place tba.

Burton Road, Thurs 29th June 7pm. Meeting place tba

Monks Road, Fri 30th June 7pm. Meeting place tba.

City Centre, library and cafes, Sat 1st July. Meeting place and time tba

School and Childrens’ Centres. Days and times tba.

Arrangements for the event

Arrangements for the event were discussed, including need for graffiti and scribble paper for ideas for future learning, artefacts to show history of SSC and provision for children. At the start of the event members to say why they are involved with SSC and ask those attending to suggest ideas for the event. Organising group suggested running the Money workshop presented at the first SSC AGM.

Business of AGM

Agenda for AGM to be drafted and sent out for comment ( MN)

Treasurer’s Report to be prepared (LS)

 

Meeting ended 12 noon.

 

Social Science Centre AGM Planning Meeting, 17th June

Venue: Angel Cafe, Lincoln

Date and Time :11 am, 17th June, 2017

Present

Laura, David, Sarah, Meredith, Mike,

Apologies

Lucy, Bradley

Publicity

Agreed to deliver flyers to local residents. Decide which streets at next meeting. Also deliver posters/flyers to Labour Party HQ, cafes etc.Send short article to Lincolnite about AGM.

Children and Young People

Need to ensure activities for children and young people.

Possible Sessions

The afternoon session will be flexible enough to arrange sessions based on what participants are interested in. We will be ready to run the session on Money that was presented at the first AGM in 2011.

Next meeting: Sunday, 25th June, 11 am, Angel Cafe

Social Science Centre, Annual General Meeting, Saturday 8th July

The Social Science Centre will be having its Annual General Meeting for 2017 on 8th July at The Collection, Lincoln, from 11 am – 4 pm.

Agenda for the AGM

11am- 12 noon: Official business

12 – 12.30 pm: Lunch – bring and share food

12:30 – 1pm: Introductions

1pm – 1.45: General discussion to formulate discussion group topics

2pm – 3pm: Discussion groups

3pm – 3.15pm: Break

3.15pm – 4.00pm:  General discussion about workshops and how to take the discussion forward

 

 

AGM Planning Meeting, 24th May, Angel Cafe

24th May 1.30 Angel Café

Present: Bradley, Laura and Mike. Apologies from Lucy.

Venue – two rooms booked at The Collection for 8th of July, Education room and the Arts and Crafting room in the Art Gallery

Website –  post meetings and other relevant stuff as well as AGM publicity

Publicity – Use SSC logo for poster/flyer design with text and pursue other publicity ideas

Date of next meeting: Saturday 17th of June at the Angel Café. To invite all regular members/attenders to discuss division of labour for the AGM event, including the facilitation of  workshops.