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Educating Rishi

A busy Conservative Party manifesto has a familiar ring on universities and science

Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita is the story of a working-class, adult learner who discovers new horizons and social mobility through studying for a humanities degree. It is a heartwarming story of the transformative power of higher education.

A key moment in the play comes when Rita explains to her tutor why she wants to finish her degree. She recounts that when sitting in the pub with a group of family and friends, with everyone singing a song learned from the jukebox, she was ready to quit university.

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