In the first of our ‘Speak Out Time’ series Professor Ellie Lee, University of Kent, gives us her perspective on the ‘Expect Respect’ module students are expected to take. She explains her opposition to the imposition of Critical Race Theory on students at the University of Kent.
In the second of our ‘Speak Out Time’ series a finance industry insider gives us their perspective on the ‘unconscious bias training’ many within the industry are now forced to undertake.
Former secondary school Head Tim Clark argues that discipline is a necessary part of school life, and essential for allowing all pupils to participate fully.
Ildi Tillmann, at The Equiano Project, brings a fresh perspective on the question of historical erasure and asks what is lost when race becomes ‘a means to power’: In his recent documentary, What Killed Michael Brown, the author and narrator, Shelby Steele, makes various observations about American history, of which two particularly caught my attention. “We […]
Dr Alain J.E. Wolf, lecturer at the University of East Anglia, offers a personal reflection on the loss and belonging that can accompany the experience of emigration and suggests that there are responsibilities on both sides – immigrant and host nation: As a lecturer in languages and cross-cultural communication at a U.K University, and a […]
In his reflections on life as a French academic working in a British university, and living in a rural English village, Alain Wolfe finds more openness and tolerance in his village than his workplace. A refreshing counter-narrative to much received opinion that that sees academics as the enlightened ones and others as bastions of intolerance: […]
In a personal submission to Oxford University’s Oriel Commission’s call for responses on the removal of Cecil Rhodes statue, Oxbridge graduate Alka Sehgal Cuthbert wrote the following: I realise that the decision to look into removing the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College arises from a genuine desire to make ethnic minority students feel […]
In this personal and poignant essay, Marie Kawthar Daouda writes evocatively why, having come from a land without statues, she loves Oxford University: I come from a country with no statues. It is not that it never had statues. It must have had, not that long ago, statues of French officials; of which only one […]