Articles discussing the SSC

The references listed in date order below are both about or mention the Social Science Centre, Lincoln. We include both types of reference because the context within which the SSC has been created is important and we want to highlight other similar initiatives.

Allsop, Bradley (2017) Taking on the Spectre that Haunts Higher Education. The Norwich Radical.

Saunders, Gary (2017) Somewhere Between Reform and Revolution; Alternative Higher Education and ‘the Unfinished’. In Joss Winn and Richard Hall (eds) Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in HE. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Neary, Mike (2017) Academic Voices. In Joss Winn and Richard Hall (eds) Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in HE. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Troschitz, Robert ( 2017) Higher Education and the Student; From Welfare to Neoliberalism. Routledge.

McKay, Carol (2017). Undergraduate Dissertation. University of Lincoln.

Amsler, Sarah (2017)’ What do we mean when we say democracy? Learning towards a common future through popular higher education.’ Haworth Robert and John Elmore (eds) Out of the Ruins The emergence of radical informal learning space. PM Press.

Neary, Mike and Winn, Joss (2017) There is an Alternative: a report on an action research project to develop a  framework for cooperative higher education. The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences.

Hall, Richard and Smyth, Keith (2016) Against Boundaries Dismantling the Curriculum in Higher Education. OLH.

Neary, Mike (2016) Value: critical pedagogy, participatory art and higher education – a new measure and meaning of the common(s). Against Value in the Arts and Education. Rowman and Littlefield.

Neary, Mike (2016) Educative Power the myth of dronic violence in an era of global civil war. Culture Machine. 

Sukarieh Mayssoun and  Tannock Stuart (2015) Youth Rising: the Politics of Youth in the Global Economy. Routledge.

Earl, Cassie (2015) An Exploration of Popular Education from Occupy London to the University. Making Hope Possible in the Face of Neo-Liberal Enclosure. MMU. PhD Thesis. 

Neary, Mike (2014) The University and the City: Social Science Centre, Lincoln – forming the urban revolution. Paul Temple (ed). The Physical University: Contours of Space and Place in Higher Education. Routledge.

Interview with Joyce Canaan ( 2014)  In Wardrop, Alex.,  Withers, Debora., Rolfe, Gary. (eds).The Para Academic Handbook: a toolkit for making creating learning acting. HammerOn Press, 39 – 60. 

Caffentziz, George ( 2014) The Debt Resistors Operators’ Manual. PM Press.

Ewing David ( nd) Teaching Universities a Lesson. Now Then.

Lincolnshire Echo (2014) ‘Homeless and ex-homeless people capture Lincolnshire through the lens for new photography exhibition’ (June 4)

Skinner, N. (2014) ‘Our Places, Our Priorities – a photo exhibition by homeless people’ (30 May)

Saunders, G and Ghanimi, A (2014) From Edinburgh to Brighton; Britain’s free, alternative higher education network offers life-long learning without life-long debt

Hall, R. (2014) On alienation and the curriculum

Members of the SSC (2013) ‘An experiment in free, co-operative, higher education‘, Radical Philosophy, 182

Undercommoning (2013) Occupying the City with the Social Science Centre – an interview with Mike Neary

Saunders, G. (2013) ‘The struggle for formal education‘, The Lincolnite, 9 September

Saunders, G. (2013) Alternative Free Learning for Those Who Can’t Afford Tuition Fees. The Lincolnite

Class War University (2013) Occupying the City with the Social Science Centre: An Interview with Mike Neary. Class War University

Matthews, D (2013) Inside a Co-operative University, Times Higher Education

Hall, R. (2013) ‘It is time to stand up for collective forms of higher education and contest the enclosure and commodification of the university‘, Impact of Social Sciences blog, London School of Economics, 3 May

Bonnett, A. (2013) ‘Something new in freedom‘, Times Higher Education, 22 May

Swain, H. (2013) ‘Could the free university movement be the great new hope for education?The Guardian, 23 January

Pusey, Andre and Sealey-Huggins Leon (2013) Transforming the Univeristy: Beyond Students and Cuts. Acme – an international journal for critical geographies. (12) 3.

McAleavey, D. and Amsler, A. (2012) ‘A Practice that Aspires: Pedagogies of creativity, democracy and inclusion in popular higher education‘, 26th October

Bright, G. (2012) ‘Beauty’, ‘generosity’ and some other words we don’t often hear’, Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2 November

Stewart, P. (2012) ‘The alternative learning space: art, autonomy and the institution

Amsler, S. (2012) Interview with Positive Politics, 17 July

Wittel, A. (2012) ‘Higher education as a commons’, For a Public University, conference at the University of Nottingham, 15 June

Neary, M. and Amsler, S. (2012) ‘Occupy: a new pedagogy of space and time?’ Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10 (2)

Amsler, S. and Neary, M. (2012) Education as Experiment, Alternative Art College, 17 May

Neary Mike and Winn Joss (2012) Open Education, Commons, Commonism and a new  Common Sense. Ephemera: theory and politics in organisation (12) 4, 406 – 422

Brophy, E. (2012) ‘Our university’, 5 May. Commentary on the ‘University is Ours’ conference, organised by the Edu-Factory in Canada

‘Blackflag’ (2012) ‘Autonomous education: the Social Science Centre’, Lincoln Underground Collective, 26 April

BBC (2012) ‘Concerned academics set up “free” university’, BBC Lincolnshire, 21 April

Stanistreet, P. (2012) ‘Anyone can teach, anyone can learn’, Adults Learning, Spring

Neary, M. and Amsler, S. (2012) ‘Occupy: a new pedagogy of space and time?’ Paper given at Bristol University, 9 March

Cato, M. S. with B. Heatley (2012) ‘Free universities! Re-configuring the finance and governance models of the UK higher education sector’, Weymouth: Green House.

Grove, J., ‘Unplugged’, Times Higher Education, 26 January 2012

Hall, R. ‘Revealing the transformatory moment of learning technology: the place of critical social theory’, Research in Learning Technology, 2011, 19(3), 273-284

Hall, R. ‘A teach-in at tent city and the struggle for alternatives’, DMU Learning Exchanges, 10 November 2011

Bonnet, A., ‘Are radical journals selling out?’ Times Higher Education, 3 November 2011

Canaan, J. ‘Critical pedagogy in, against and beyond the neoliberalized university’, presentation for ESRC seminar series, Global Citizenship as a graduate attribute, 14 October 2011

Burgin, S. ‘Course offerings: lessons from the Cambridge Women’s School for today’s radical education alternatives’, Graduate Journal of the Social Sciences, 2011, 8(2)

Neary, M., ‘The Social Science Centre: a radical new model for higher education’, OpenDemocracy, 7 October 2011

Winn, J. and Neary, M., ‘Alternatives to privilege’, Times Higher Education, 23 June 2011

Amsler, S. ‘Inequality, power and privilege in the struggle for the humanities’, The Guardian, 23 June 2011. See also discussion and comments at

Neary, M. and Winn, J., Letter to the Guardian, 10 June 2011

Eve, M. and Jones, J. ‘Angry young academics striving for more than consumerism’, The Guardian blogs, June 2011

Walsall, T., ‘John Holloway’s “Crack Capitalism” at Leeds’, 5 May 2011

Carrigan, M., ‘The Social Science Centre’, Campaign for the Public University’, 11 April 2011

Fuller, S., ‘Lincoln to reconnect the university with its roots’, Discourses of Dissent, 22 February 2011

Neary, M. and Winn, J. ‘The Social Science Centre (Lincoln): a new model for higher and co-operative education.‘, Original statement describing the SSC, January 2011.

Winn, J., ‘A co-operatively run social science centre’, Expedient Means, 3 September 2010

Misc. mentions

Alternative Art College

Derek Bruff Highlights from #NAIRTL11 (Part 2)

Duggan, J. (2012) ‘Ideas for communicating research’, MMU blog

Jennifer Jones on the future of education and #OccupyLSX:

Lazarus, J. (2012) ‘Introducing the Free University Network’, Ragged University, 25 November

Nottingham Critical Pedagogy

Occupy Research Collective (October 2012)

Peaceful Warrior (2013) ‘R+evolution in Lincoln‘, 26 May


ProfJC on Guardian debate

Sociological Imagination. Radical eduction project.

Tabbara, M. (2013) ‘The alternative university experience

Tent City University

Neil Howard We are the change: welfare, education and law at the Occupy camp

The Space Project: Reimagining Education: What Is Critical Pedagogy?

The Third University: Radical alternatives? Surely we can do better?

UK Society for Cooperative Studies conference (5 September 2012)

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