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Peter Shukie

On a blustery, cold winter night in Blackpool we got back to the car after walking the illuminations.  A bit shattered and glad of the warm, by chance I happened across a radio show by a brilliant woman that led to this website, this conference and the creation of this brilliant group of academics, students and thinkers of all kinds. 

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Hina Suleman

I have recently completed a master’s degree in Education and Education Leadership and Management at Liverpool Hope University. In this conference I share my story of being a working-class lone parent. I feel between the working class and the middle class and this leads to interesting observations about how women of colour are faced with boundaries of culture and labelling whilst aware of their realities. My story is one that explores how class has been a salient feature in my journey to maintain a sense of identity, self-content and dignity.


Kay Sidebottom

Kay Sidebottom is a Lecturer in Education and Childhood at Leeds Beckett University. Her current research explores how teachers can work with posthuman ideas to facilitate meaningful and disruptive education spaces for our complex times. With a background in community and adult education, her pedagogical specialisms include radical and anarchist education, arts-based practice and community philosophy. 

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Mollie Louise Baker

Mollie is a PhD Education student at Newnham College, Cambridge. She grew up on a council estate in Colchester, Essex and spent her teenage years watching a family member fade due to addiction. She has mixed feelings about her current student status. She is proud on some days and mortified on others. Mollie’s PhD explores the classed and affective(ing) dimensions of resistance amongst academics. Her research is motivated by a hatred for the New Labour lies about social mobility and meritocracy –  bastards, she says, utter bastards.

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Alex Dunedin

Alex Dunedin has been a part of developing the Ragged University project over the last ten years which has been using available infrastructure and common technology to pursue educational processes in the community.

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Vassilissa Carangio

Vassilissa Carangio is an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Rome, Italy. She holds a Ph.D. in Business, within the discipline of Work and Organisation, that was funded by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests sit at the intersections of immigration affairs, race/gender inequalities and class oppression.

Lou Mycroft

Lou is a nomadic writer, educator and thinker who tries to channel rage into affirmative practice. She uses Thinking Environment practices to create spaces where people can think, feel, plan and dream…safely.

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Elaine J Laberge

Elaine uses playwriting, creative non-fiction and poetry to make visible systemic inequality and inequity in Canada. She focuses on the structural reasons for poverty discrimination in Canada and Canadian universities. Elaine’s PhD research explores how hope and imagination can create taxpayer-funded universities that focus on education for public good.


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Andrew Preater

I am a library director at a modern university. My work and practice is informed by critical theories of librarianship (or ‘critical librarianship’) and critical sociology of education; and professionally I am interested in the role of academic libraries in supporting equity and widening participation.

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Kevan Thompson

Northumbrian born with a Celtic heritage from Galloway, Caithness and South Ronaldsay in Orkney. His family moved to the West Yorkshire coalfield in the late 60s where he attended high school which sought to prepare young boys for a working life on the railways, glassworks or in the mines.


Ian Duckett

Ian is an award-winning teacher (albeit a long, long time ago) and an education and training consultant with comprehensive experience in curriculum planning and  partnership development across the 14-19 sector. His recent teaching has been on intervention and engagement programmes.

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Stephanie Alexander

I work and live in beautiful, rural, southeastern Ohio, and hold a BS in Education (elementary), BA in History, MEd in Classroom Teaching/Humanities and PhD in Cultural Studies in Education. As a first-generation college graduate, I strive everyday to make higher education more accessible to others, like myself, who are ready to make that leap.

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Caroline Bald

Caroline Bald is a working class academic currently working in the Social Work and Social Justice Division of the University of Essex, where her work focuses on social injustice. Her work explores the politics of suitability in public sector professional education currently researching criminal records.  Caroline positions herself as a researcher activist interested in exploring power and ‘class’ selection decision-making at the point of admissions to higher education. She is a second career academic after twenty years in criminal justice social work,  reclaiming radical social work. Caroline found her  Sơn Tây haem in Working Class Academics in 2020 writing a blogpost and attending a conference like no other. (Read:

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Jamie Holman

Early works were predominantly in video, audio and performance, before developing into a broader, multi-disciplinary practice that now includes photography, print, sculpture and text. Holman was a founding member of the music/artist/writers collective tompaulin, who released three LP’s, seven singles and recorded two John Peel sessions between 2000 and 2007. In 2008 Holman began writing for The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music, and was a contributing editor until 2018. Art and Music is a quarterly magazine that is distributed internationally, while remaining the in house publication of The Saatchi Gallery London.


Craig Hammond

Craig Hammond is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Prior to moving to LJMU, Craig taught across further education and college based higher education (CBHE) for 18 years. Between 2015 and 2017, Craig was the Research and Scholarship Leader at University Centre Blackburn College. Gaining is PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in 2012, he obtained recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2015, in recognition of his CBHE research and scholarship work. His recent publications Hope, Utopia and

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Alexandra Shukie

I am a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Prior to moving to SHU two years ago, I taught across further education and college based higher education for 10 years.

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