User:Mikejamesshaw

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Hark! I'm Mike! Please do leave a message on my talk page. If you'd like to know more about me, then head to my personal blog.

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I currently work as Network Coordinator for Students for Cooperation, a federation of student co-operatives that I helped found. The organisation exists to support students across the UK to establish co-operative businesses to provide affordable, sustainable and democratically-run services to students. The Guardian recently published a good overview of SfC and the emerging student and ‘youth’ co-operative movement.

I was studying towards an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh before withdrawing due to ill health. I intend to complete my degree in the not-too-distant future!

In Edinburgh I co-founded Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative, the UK’s largest student-run housing project – providing affordable housing to its 106 members. This has received national news coverage throughout its inception:

Whilst a student I was active in the students’ union, Edinburgh University Students’ Association, as an elected officer and trustee, providing governance oversight for the organisation’s financial and legal well-being, and strategic direction through a very difficult period for the organisation. This has also seen me involved in UK-wide campaigning to defend public education.

Some of my interests include alternative economies, socialism, pedagogy, model railways, graphic design and bunting!