'They' work hard to persuade us of TINA (There Is No Alternative); the people behind the links on this page say that there IS and that we should all work just as hard to make it happen.
Free & Affordable Higher Education
- The Ragged Project (The Ragged University is an update of the philanthropic history of the Ragged Schools and the aim is to bring about the same pragmatic changes that helped build the social fabric of the United Kingdom)
- UnCollege (UnCollege is a social movement that aims to change the notion that going to college is the only path to success)
- IF this university is free (free courses - in London - linking academics and institutions eager to share cultural expertise to students eager to learn)
- The University of the People (UoPeople offers affordable, quality, online, degree-granting educational programs to any qualified student and views higher education as a basic right, that it can both transform the lives of individuals and be an important force for societal change).
- The Free University of NYC (... is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable).
- People's Political Economy ( - a group of academics and activists based in Oxford and London. A network of learning groups designed to promote political-economic literacy outside of the existing and established academic channels. Purpose is to democratise discussion over how our society is organised, why it is organised in the way that it is, and what can be done to improve it).
- Open Educational Commons (is a website with curated open educational resources: "We're busy co-creating the education renaissance.")
- Philosophy in Pubs (Philosophy. In pubs.) Including The Free University of Slawit and THINK Huddersfield.
- AERO (AERO's mission is to help create an education revolution to make learner-centered education available to everyone.)
Co-operative (& Free) Higher Education
- The Social Science Centre (The Social Science Centre offers opportunities to engage in a co-operative experience of higher education. Run as a not-for-profit co-operative, the SSC is organised on the basis of democratic, non-hierarchical principles, with all members having equal involvement in the life and work of the SSC)
- Mondragon University (a worker cooperative university based in the Basque region of Spain).
- Engaged and engaging blogs to follow from Social Science Centre Scholars:
Alternative Education Networks & Campaigns
- Alternative Colleges and Universities (The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) was founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz. AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education).
- Campaign for the Public University (The UK Campaign for the Public University is open to all. It is a broad-based campaign with no party or other political affiliation. It has been initiated by a group of university teachers and graduate students seeking to defend and promote the idea of the university as a public good)
- Independent Working Class Education Project aims to learn the lessons of history to inform current class struggle by organising open informed discussions and presentations, and offering materials and contacts. IWCE Project hopes to rebuild the tradition of independent working-class education (IWCE) that used to exist across many parts of England, Scotland and Wales.
- The Magna Charta Universitatum (a document to celebrate university traditions and encourage bonds amongst European universities, though it also serves as a universal inspiration and is open to universities throughout the world. It was proposed by the University of Bologna in 1986, and has been signed by 755 universities from 80 countries)
- Council for the Defence of British Universities (opposing the marketization of higher education, which instumentalises knowledge and its production and privatises public educational assets - become a member and support the fight for democratic education: http://cdbu.org.uk/participate)