Founded in 1899 Ruskin College aimed to provide university-standard education for working class people so that they could act more effectively on behalf of working class communities and organisations – trade unions, political parties, co-operative societies, working men’s institutes and so on. One of the key fonding principles was that education is power; that it has the capacity to transform both individual lives and societies.
Now Ruskin College has a TUC Education programme, headed up by a former colleague of mine from TUC Learning Services, Nigel Williams. Its great to report that the Ruskin TUC Education programme will be one of the Activist Academy Centres of Organising and Recruitment Excellence and will be delivering Activist Academy programmes for union reps and workplace activists.
I was at the college yesterday to discuss the Activist Academy with both Nigel and Rob Hancock the TUC Regional Education Officer.
Nigel is working to establish the TUC programme in the area and is offering a full range of courses, details of which can be found here.
The Activist Academy programme at Ruskin will be delivered on the following dates; January 15 & 16, February 12 & 13 and March 12 & 13.
Details of how to apply for all courses in the Ruskin TUC Education programme, including the Activist Academy are here.