Model letter for academicsDear fellow academics
In the wake of the horrifying and brutal killing of George Floyd, many in the UK expressed heartfelt solidarity; widespread protests showed a genuine commitment to opposing racism. Since then, however, activists, corporations and institutions seem to have seized the opportunity to exploit Floyd’s death to promote an ideological agenda that threatens to undermine British race relations…Read more
Open letter to UCU members and conference delegates
We are members of the University and College Union (UCU). Some of us have been active in organising in branches, including in past industrial disputes. The following reflects strong disagreements we have with the orientation of our union, manifest in the current motions that have been proposed to our Congress and sector conferences to be held on 28–30 October 2020.
It is essential that universities remain places where academics can pursue their research and teaching freely, without censure or policing on the basis of the political and ideological commitments of others. Students, too, should not feel that ideas they have or positions they hold should not be articulated or up for debate. We, and UCU, have long supported this in relation to pressure from our government, funders and from other governments. Academic freedom should be sacrosanct. We note that motions submitted to the conference around Prevent and the surveillance of overseas students are progressive in this regard…Read more
Example letters from DDU members to university Vice ChancellorsLetter One • Letter Two • Letter Three • Letter Four
Implicit BiasIf you want to tackle the unevidenced concept of “implicit bias” training, which is becoming more common in all working environments, including educational ones, you need to know what it is first. This DDU FAQ will help.
Black History Month
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert’s KS3 resource considers Britain’s empire in India as the product of multiple factors within India and Britain. Empire is seen as a product developed relationally by events and people in both India and Britain.
And Tarjinder Gill has compiled a list of resources for primary level.