“Last week, the Co-operative College, established in Manchester in 1919, hosted a conference on ‘Making the Co-operative University’ with the intention of exploring its role in supporting and co-ordinating a federated model of co-operative higher education.
Throughout the day, there was a sense of anticipation and historic responsibility among the 90 delegates who were told that in 1909, W. R. Rae, Chair of the Co-operative Union educational committee, had addressed the Union and stated that “What we want and seek to obtain is a co-operative journey that will end in a co-operative university”. Writing at a time when there were only 15 universities in the UK, Rae saw the development of a co-operative university as another example of members providing for themselves where the State did not: “So long as the State does not provide it, we must do, as we have in the past, the best we can to provide it ourselves.””
University of Lincoln Professor of Social Research, Steve McKay co-authored a major report with the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy which looks at the financial challenges faced by some of the UK’s poorest households as living costs increase. The study found that almost half of those surveyed (46 per cent) believed the outcome of June’s General Election would make their household’s economic situation worse, while 35 per cent believed the result of the poll would make no difference to their financial fortunes and just 6 per cent thought they would benefit over the next 12 months. Steve warns that “the gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing. While those at the top have improved their position relative to others, we’re seeing a higher proportion of people struggling at the bottom and being squeezed in the middle… People are generally more pessimistic about the future following the Brexit vote. This provides even more impetus to tackle the fundamental causes of financial exclusion.”
The report has been referenced in various national newspapers, including The Independent, The Mirrorand aol please click on the links to view the articles in full.
Steve also travelled to Princeton University recently to receive a progress prize for his top-scoring submission to the Fragile Families Challenge, a mass collaboration that combines predictive modeling, causal inference, and in-depth interviews to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the US, you can read more about that here.
On Friday we attended the annual Communications Across Cultures Conference in the Isaac Newton Building where we enjoyed presentations from staff and students from across the college on the topic of international study, as well as a general knowledge quiz. It was a fantastic event and we got plenty of photos throughout the day.
In 1918, following the passing of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act women were allowed to stand for Parliament for the first time. In 1921 the Lincolnshire constituency of Louth elected Margaret Wintringham as their MP, and she was the second woman ever in the House of Commons.
‘Getting Selected’ will be a lively roundtable discussion chaired by Professor Krista Cowman from the University of Lincoln, and will consider how the process of being selected as Parliamentary candidate has changed since Margaret Wintringham was elected in the 1920s. Participants will include Lesley Abdela, co-founder of The 300 Group, an all-party campaign for women in parliament, politics and public life; Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London; playwright Hannah Davies; local MP and former City Councillor Karen Lee; Dolly Theis from the 50:50 Parliament and #AskHerToStand campaign; and Nicola Waterworth from The Parliament Project, which empowers women to run for political office.
MP for Lincoln Karen Lee said “Next year marks 100years of the Acts of Parliament which gave women the vote and allowed them to stand as MPs. I am delighted to take part in this event, which will celebrate these key milestones and examine their impact on our democracy past and present.”
Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School and Dr Graham Melling, Director of LLM Programmes, have recently returned from Guangzhou, southern China on a visit to a number of partner institutions. During their stay they visited the law schools of South China Normal University (SCNU) and South China University of Technology (SCUT). As well as meeting academics and students to talk about opportunities to study at Lincoln, both Professor French and Dr Melling took a range of classes on aspects of international law. Topics included the unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia, the US withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the legal implications of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Staff and students are invited to attend the first LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age on Tuesday 7th November.
Academic and professional services colleagues from across the University will provide examples of innovative digital practice, including hands-on IT support, practical digital demonstrations, workshops from University software suppliers such as Panopto, Turnitin, Lynda.com and Talis, and an opportunity to experience cutting edge virtual reality (VR) technologies.