I did just enough over the next three years to pick up an honours degree, and have been working in the media ever since. A few years ago, however, I started to think about going back to school. I chose history because I had always loved reading it, and felt some regret about not studying it the first time around I did English instead, which, in the end, I turned out not to love. When orientation day came, turning up to take my seat as a near year-old in a crowd of twentysomethings made me feel more than a little self-conscious. The solipsism of youth also meant that most of the student body tended to assume that I was more or less the same age as they were, and I wore Topman trousers and a bit of a hipster beard to fuel the illusion.
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After the messy affair that surrounded the resignation of Sir Howard Davies as director, the London School of Economics will hope that the announcement of the appointment of Professor Craig Calhoun this week will see the beginning of a new chapter in the school's history. Despite the rather unseemly controversy of the last few months, the LSE remains one of the most prestigious and world-leading institutions, and a return to academic debate rather than the merits or otherwise of its links with Muammar Gaddafi will be paramount. As I understand it, the final shortlist for the post of director was comprised entirely of international candidates. Calhoun comes from the US, and was born in Watseka, Illinois in He is an outstandingly accomplished academic, who took an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Southern California, a Masters in social anthropology at the University of Manchester and his Doctorate at Oxford University in Since he has served as president of the Social Science Research Council in the US, as well as a professorial role at New York University. His academic expertise is wide-ranging, with work including historical sociology and the study of social movements and political participation. Given what's happened at LSE recently, it's apt that Calhourn in Evicting the public: why has occupying public spaces brought such heavy-handed repression?
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In particular we have a duty to lift up those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and strive for equality of opportunity across all classes. However, too rarely in such conversations do the concepts of life-long learning and adult education come to the forefront. The notion that the decisions you make, or indeed others make for you, when you are a child or young adult should dictate your future path is reflected in ever decreasing numbers of mature and part time students applying to higher education . However, social mobility matters at all ages. The barriers facing adults who wish to return to education are not to be underestimated.