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Ruskin College

Ruskin College was founded in 1899. Ruskin College, originally known as Ruskin Hall, Oxford, is named after the essayist and social critic John Ruskin. Their mission is to provide the best level of education and inclusion opportunities to adults particularly those who may be excluded or disadvantaged and to transform the individuals concerned along with the communities, groups and societies from which they came. Ruskin tends towards a curriculum that has high social relevance, students who want to make a difference in the world, and forms of academic scholarship and research that are engaged and applied. Their first aim is giving individuals a second chance in education, continues to be achieved by admitting those with few or no formal qualifications to courses of study that can result in, or lead on to, university-level qualifications. The second aim is the transformational element of the mission, is evidenced by the fact that the most frequent thing former students say about Ruskin is that it changed their lives. Students, whether or not they themselves are resident, benefit from studying in a setting with a strong sense of academic community and from the intensive tutorial teaching that Ruskin offers. The college is also transformational because it sees education as a vehicle for progressive social change. Student enrolments at Ruskin in 2005–2006 reached their highest ever number in the college’s history. Enrolments on long courses were 294 in total across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In 2005–06, there were 78 full-time equivalent academic staff of whom 26 were teaching staff and 13 teaching support services staff. Progression rates are excellent, with 87% of students on undergraduate-level Humanities courses at Ruskin. The Ruskin Radical Research Unit (RRRU) is based on a major development proposal that seeks to re-establish an institutional base for research at Ruskin College in support of the Trade Union movement, as well as more broadly across the College’s core subject areas. RRRU would provide a space in which radical methodologies and pedagogies can be developed and showcased. Eventually, it could become a national centre for the development of radical and inclusive pedagogies, and engaged, action research methodologies. This is a space that is desperately needed in higher education today, to understand and challenge the current repression of dissenting knowledge and action.