New book – The Education of Radical Democracy

I am delighted to annouce the publication of my new book, The Education of Radical Democracy. It explores why I think radical democracy is so necessary, difficult, and possible today – and why it is vital that we understand it as an educative activity. The book draws on critical social theory and critical pedagogy to illustrate what […]

Education without borders

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post on the borders of education – the increasing use of state power to control international movement in and through universities in England. I was concerned with the effects of ‘attendance monitoring’, surveillance and bureaucratic record-keeping on pedagogical relationships, asking: What does this do to people? What sorts […]

Education Should Not Be Run for Profit

Published in Reclaiming Schools: The Arguments and the Evidence (March 2015) Full text Late last year, UK Education secretary Nicky Morgan made waves through schools by declaring that while she was ‘clear about the importance of not-for-profit education’, she did not rule out the possibility that schools in Britain might become profit-making enterprises. This ignited […]

CSE Midlands launch event: What is to be done in the age of austerity and autonomy?

I will be speaking about placing higher education in the service of social justice at this exciting event in April… CSE* Midlands launch event: What is to be done in the age of austerity and autonomy? 17 April 2015 University of Birmingham Room: Muirhead 113 https://csemidlands.wordpress.com/ All welcome! “The ability, and desire, to mobilise, organise and […]

Alternative ways of thinking the university (UNIKE conference)

In February, I presented one of several papers on ‘Alternative ways of thinking the university’ at a conference on Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE). I was joined by Joss Winn, also from the University of Lincoln School of Education, who spoke on ‘Labour, property and pedagogy: theory and practice for co-operative higher education’, and Catherine Butcher […]