What are people saying about IF?

Soon the only students of the liberal arts will be the sons and daughters of the very rich or poorer students who can secure one of the inedequate number of bursaries, scholarships and grants. I welcome this initiative to involve young Londoners in securing a basic humanities education
— Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, and former editor of The Observer newspaper


I’ve learned so much and I can’t recommend it enough. The IF students and academics were really supportive
— Lily, IF Student
The course opened my eyes!
— Mik, IF Student
Hugely grateful to The IF Project. Currently attending. Brain is on fire. Incredible students and tutors. Navigating a wonky world wisely
— Kate, IF student
Being unable to afford university left me questioning and criticising the institutions in which we currently learn. After failing to fund my own tuition I couldn’t quite believe it when I came across the IF Project
— Ali, IF student


The working space that IF provides is uniquely positive and productive. As an early career scholar, the IF project has been invaluable to me in both my teaching and my thinking. I have been struck each time I have taken an IF seminar in just how engaged and thoughtful the students have been. IF champions new academic spaces in which a tutor is able to genuinely interact and engage with thinkers of all ages in order to explore and develop ways of interacting with texts, themes, and issues. I have found the seminars to be highly rewarding both personally and professionally
— Dr Katherine Da Cunha Lewin, Researcher in English Literature, University of Sussex
The IF Project offers a vision of cultural and intellectual advancement for all, opening up the knowledge and experience of the Humanities to as wide an audience as possible to the benefit of wider society
— Professor Martin McQuillan, former Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London


IF has featured in The Guardian, the Telegraph and London Review of Books and received endorsements from commentators such as Peter Wilby, Lindsey Hilsum, Mary Riddell and Will Hutton.

For many years, watching the cost of traditional higher education spiral ever-higher, I’ve thought there should be some alternative, couldn’t there be a free university, some communal effort to share knowledge, whereby no one would have to be overly in debt but all could benefit? Recently I met one of the IF Project co-founders, who is already trying to get something like this off the ground in London. This notion deserves serious attention and could, if successful, change the way we approach higher education
— Dave Eggers, Author (The Circle, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), and founder and editor of McSweeney's