Seminar at Learning Sciences Research Institute, Nottinham University, 4th March: 4 – 5.30

Student as Producer – Radicalising the Mainstream in Higher Education

The plan for this session is:

Background to Student as Producer: the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research with legacy projects – Reinvention: an international journal for student research, and the Reinvention Classroom.  Student as Producer is a founding member of  British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR)


Reinvention Classroom (2006)


Mobile Learning (twinned with Oxford Brookes University)

Student as Producer:  research-engaged teaching as the  organising principle for teaching and learning at Lincoln since 2010, based on ongoing work since 2007


This is a flyer  (paper aeroplane)

Recent research at Lincoln (Neary et al 2014): Student as Producer: research-engaged teaching, an institutional strategy. What do students say? What do academics say? Positive Productivism contra Student as Consumer (Kandiko 2013)  [Methodology: historical and material –  ‘Living Knowledge’]

Exemplars of Student as Producer at Lincoln:  Making Digital History and Biobunch

Student as Producer and the QAA:  support for learning enhancements – commendation and effective practice

Student as Producer and the HEA –  exemplar of effective practice and  impact on Student as Partners and student engagement (radicalising the mainstream: 6.6)

Student as Producer at the level of the institution – Bureaucracy (moral and ethical framework) Teacher Education (beauty and education), Technology (hacking the university), Student Engagement and Learning Landscapes in higher education (psycho classrooms) and university architecture shapes up for a revolution

Intellectual Ideas – Walter Benjamin’s Author as Producer (1934), or How do Revolutionary Teachers Teach? (2011)

Walter Benjamin 1990 by Peter Kennard born 1949

‘Walter Benjamin’ Peter Kennard 1990 (On The Concept of History 1940 and The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 1936 )

External impact – JISC, HEA,  University of Liverpool, University of Hertfordshire, Vanderbilt University, University of British Columbia, NMC Horizons 2014:15

Avoiding recuperation: Social Science Centre, Lincoln, free co-operative higher education. See  ‘Something New in Freedom‘ ( THE May 2013),  ‘Anyone can teach, everyone can learn’  (NIACE 2011),   ‘An Experiment in Free Co-operative Higher Education‘ ( Radical Philosophy November 2013),  ‘Occupying the City with the Social Science Centre, Lincoln‘ ( Class War University, September 2013) and ‘The University and the City – forming the urban revolution‘ [after Lefebvre] (The Physical University ed. P Temple 2014)



Neary, M., Saunders, G. Hagyard, A. and Derricott, D. ( 2014) Student as Producer – Research Engaged Teaching and Learning, An Institutional Strategy, Report for the Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellowship Programmes, HEA, York

Neary, M. (2014), ‘The University and the City: Social Science Centre, Lincoln – forming the urban revolution’, in Temple, P. (ed) The Physical University: Contours of space and place in higher education. Abingdon: Routledge

Neary, M. (2013) ‘Student as Producer: Radicalising the Mainstream in Higher Education’ in E. Dunn and D. Owen, ( eds)  The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, Emerald Books, Bingley

Neary, M (2012) Student as producer: an institution of the common? [or how to recover communist/revolutionary science].’ , Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, Higher Education Academy, York

Neary, M. (2012) ‘Teaching Politically: Policy, Pedagogy and the New European University’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10 (2)

Neary, M. and Amsler, A. (2012) ‘Occupy: A New Pedagogy of Space and Time’,Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 10(2)

Neary, M. ( 2012) ‘Beyond Teaching in Public: The University as a Form of Social Knowing’ in M Neary, H Stevenson and L Bell ( eds) Towards Teaching in Public: Reshaping the Modern University, Continuum, London and New York

Neary, M. and Hagyard, A. (2011) ‘Pedagogy of Excess: An Alternative Political Economy for Student Life’In M. Molesworth, E. Nixon and R. Scullion, (eds) The Marketisation of Higher Education and Student as Consumer, Routledge, London and New York:


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