Category Archives: Education, training and exams

Parkside Coleridge students unlock democracy in Cambridge

Summary Year 9 students achieved by lunchtime what I had failed to achieve in over 2 years of campaigning, as young people show how they can change the cultures of our public institutions My jaw figuratively hit the floor when … Continue reading

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Teaching a young dragon fairy new social media tricks

Summary Local social media marketing expert (no, really) Mili Ponce shows this social media enthusiast a thing or two, at an evening with JCI Cambridge I’ve seldom had good experiences with people that have branded themselves social media marketing people. … Continue reading

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What does the #ITooAmCambridge hashtag say about Cambridge University?

Summary The experiences of students photographed in a new tumblr account feel all too familiar to this local resident – me. The page mentioned above is here. Background Ethnicity is an issue I’m ***really uncomfortable*** blogging about – and talking … Continue reading

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Thinking about science at #ThinkCon Cambridge

Summary When Suzi Gage came to town – and Dr Rupert Read of The Green Party coming back again The MusicNet East conference left me emotionally exhausted but with a buzzing head – meaning that without medication I’d have not … Continue reading

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This used to be my playground

Summary Burying some old demons for good. Spending an afternoon rehearsing on the grounds of my old secondary school – where since I left, over 90% of the site has been flattened and rebuilt. I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading

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Linking Anglia Ruskin students with local communities in Cambridge

Summary (this is a ***long read*** but has lots of links & nuggets of info) Going by the student union election hustings, Anglia students are facing similar issues to local residents in Cambridge. So how can we improve the relationships … Continue reading

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It’s difficult to stay silent when you’ve gone beyond what you thought you were capable of

Summary An evening as part of the Dowsing Sound Collective – even more inspiring than being in the audience. (Followed by some thoughts on what course/workshop providers and institutions can learn from this). It was turning up to their performance … Continue reading

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Teaching science to communities

Summary A specific challenge to Cambridge’s science communities  This blogpost stems from the tweet below: Gd question – anyone? RT @Puffles2010: "What options in Cambridge for adults to learn about science at evening classes, but without exams?"— Cambridge AWiSE (@camawise) … Continue reading

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How can public sector bodies make partnership working more than just a soundbite?

Summary Shouldn’t some of this stuff be happening anyway? And what to do when you find out that it isn’t? A local perspective in Cambridge I went along to a gathering with some people from Education Society Cambridge (ESC) earlier, … Continue reading

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How could we go about setting up a Cambridge Youth Council?

…what problems would it help solve and how could we ensure that it worked, giving a positive first experience of democracy for young people? South Cambridgeshire has a youth council – see here. Furthermore, it’s highly regarded by the council’s … Continue reading

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