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Ruskin College
Ruskin College Academic building.jpg
Ruskin's Rookery building which is now the Ruskin College Academic Building
Motto "Learning to make a difference"
Established 1899
Principal Dr Chris Wilkes (Acting)
Location Dunstan Road, Old Headington, Oxfordshire, England
Website www.ruskin.ac.uk
This article is about the English educational institution. For the American college of the same name, see Trenton, Missouri.

Ruskin College is an independent educational institution in Oxford, England. It is named after the essayist and social critic John Ruskin (1819–1900) and specialises in providing educational opportunities for adults with few or no qualifications.

The college is an affiliate, not a constituent of the University of Oxford, this relationship allows students special privileges such as attending lectures and the use of most facilities.

Mission and purpose[edit]

The mission of the college has always been to provide educational opportunities to adults who are excluded and disadvantaged, and to transform the individuals concerned along with the communities, groups and societies from which they come, the only change having been to personalise the language (away from ‘the excluded’, who do not sound like people) in line with growing equalities awareness. The mission statement is twofold:

  • The first aim, that of 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, 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.

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.

Ruskin’s mission is also pursued by means of strong historical links, nationally and internationally, with the labour and trade union movement, other social movements and activism around social issues (e.g., anti-ageism), as well as with local communities, for example through the Social Work and Youth and Community Work programmes.

History[edit]

Ruskin College was established in 1899 specifically to provide educational opportunities for working class men, who were denied access to university. It was deliberately placed in Oxford, the city in which its young American founders, Charles A. Beard and Walter Vrooman, had studied, because the city symbolised the educational privilege and standards to which ordinary people could never previously have aspired. It was Walter Vrooman's then wife, Amne (later Amne Grafflin), who financially supported the foundation of the college.

Ruskin College became, in turn, a symbol of workers' education. It served as a model for labour colleges around the world, and Gandhi made a point of visiting during a brief stay in Oxford in 1931 because he had been so inspired by the writings of John Ruskin on workers’ education, just as the college founders had been.

Ruskin College was a secular sister-school to and model for Plater College until Plater's closing in 2005.[1]

Strike of 1909[edit]

In 1908, a group of Ruskin students, dissatisfied with its education policy which they viewed as too pro-establishment and imbued with elements of "social control", formed the Plebs' League. The students revolt was supported by the Principal, Dennis Hird, and following his dismissal the students took strike action, refusing to attend lectures.[2][3][4]

Relocation of the college[edit]

A £17m redevelopment programme of the college’s Old Headington site was completed in 2012, and the headquarters of the college has moved there. The redeveloped site has a new academic building incorporating an expanded library, named the Callaghan Library in honour of former Labour Prime Minister, James Callaghan, who made a major education speech at Ruskin in 1976. The MacColl/Seeger archive has its own dedicated room within the new library. All other buildings on the site have been refurbished, the grounds have been improved and the walled garden, with its listed 'crinkle crankle wall' has been brought back into use by local volunteers. A cafeteria is open to the public.

College structure[edit]

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. Short course enrolments reached 5,187 in total, including trade union courses, residential short courses and the largest ever Summer School.

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 having come via short courses there, and a majority of students on long courses going on to degree-level study, both at Ruskin and elsewhere. Ruskin students go on to jobs in professional, trade union and political settings, amongst others.

Courses offered[edit]

Ruskin’s educational work may be divided into further education activity (including short courses and TUC courses), supported by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and higher education work, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and income from student fees, and validated by the Open University.

The college’s work in higher education constitutes:

  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma (New for 2014)
  • A two-year Foundation Degree in Writing for Performance
  • One year full-time or two-year part-time Certificates of Higher Education courses in English Studies: Creative Writing and Critical Practice; History; Law; Social Enterprise (leading to a Business degree) and Social and Political Studies; and a part-time (weekend block residential) Certificate of Higher Education in International Labour and Trade Union Studies (part-time)
  • Three-year full-time or six-year part-time BA (Hons) degrees in English Studies: Creative Writing and Critical Practice; History with Social Sciences; Social and Political Studies; Social Work; and Youth and Community Work
  • Six-year part-time, block residential BA (Hons) degree in International Labour and Trade Union Studies
  • MA degrees in International Labour and Trade Union Studies and Women’s Studies

People[edit]

Principals[edit]

Former academics/teachers[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Ruskin Fellowship[edit]

The Ruskin Fellowship is an alumni association for ex-Ruskin College students and staff. Independent of but associated with the college, the Fellowship aims to support the work and ethos of the college in offering university-level education to disadvantaged adults in Britain. There is also a post graduate programme and an international section involving: International Labour and Trade Union Studies; Webb and Chevening Scholars.

Students Union[edit]

The Ruskin Students Union is known for its political and social endeavours. In January 2013, it joined a Unite Against Fascism protest at the Oxford Union when it invited Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party to speak,[19] and it has also given support to the striking nurses in the Karren Reissmann dispute.[20][citation needed]

Notable former executive members of the RSU include John Prescott and Jack Ashley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philpot, Terry No second chance for giver of fresh starts. Times Higher Education December 9, 2005
  2. ^ Jericho Echo
  3. ^ TUC | History Online
  4. ^ New Zealand Evening Post 15 May 1909 pg6
  5. ^ W.W. Craik, Central Labour College, 1964
  6. ^ Harold Pollins, ‘Slater, Gilbert (1864–1938)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  7. ^ Harold Pollins, ‘Furniss, Henry Sanderson, Baron Sanderson (1868–1939)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  8. ^ Harold Pollins, ‘Furniss, Henry Sanderson, Baron Sanderson (1868–1939)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  9. ^ Richard Aldrich, The Independent (London), Jun 17, 2005
  10. ^ Bill Bailey, ‘Hughes, Herbert Delauney [Billy] (1914–1995)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  11. ^ Enwonwu, Benedict Chuka. Britannica Book of the Year, 1995. Encyclopædia Britannica Online accessed 30 July 2012
  12. ^ "Stevens, Siaka." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 5 Jan. 2007 <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9001303>.
  13. ^ David Howell: Walker, James (1883–1945) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2006, accessed 30 July 2012
  14. ^ Keith Davies, ‘Williams, Thomas Edward, Baron Williams (1892–1966)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  15. ^ Michael Young, ‘Willmott, Peter (1923–2000)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  16. ^ The Times, Monday, Nov 19, 1979; pg. 25; Issue 60478; col C
  17. ^ Geoffrey Goodman, ‘Woodcock, George (1904–1979)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  18. ^ Andrew Thorpe, ‘Young, Sir Robert (1872–1957)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  19. ^ Fitzsimons, Peter (2013-01-18). "Griffin protest outside Oxford Union". Cherwell (newspaper) (Oxford Student Publications Limited). Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  20. ^ http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2009/01/29/karen-reissmann-plumps-for-out-of-court-settlement/

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