The Race Equality Charter (REC), overseen by Advance HE, is the product of its attempt to ‘do something’ about racism because, in the words of Chief Executive Alison Johns, the sector has ‘a legal and moral duty’ to do so. No one would dispute the need for universities to do something about racism, but the extent of the problem and how to oppose it are (and always have been) questions for academics to address, not for bureaucratic, partisan prescription.
After the appalling treatment of gender critical academic Professor Kathleen Stock, who this week resigned from her post at the University of Sussex following a sustained campaign to punish her for ‘wrong think’ on transgender issues, Eric Kaufman warns that a new age of authoritarianism has just begun
The Race Equality Charter threatens to re-racialise UK universities, writes DDU supporter Philip Hammond.
DDU Academics are a group of academics working in the university sector, aligned with the Don’t Divide Us campaign. We believe that the Race Equality Charter is more likely to promote division than the worthy aim of equality on campus. Also, by endorsing particular, contested views, it will limit discussion of a range of important issues relating to race and racism.
Carole Sherwood introduces the concept of microaggressions, explores what critics have to say about them and finds out why they have created such controversy. Read on…
Jim Butcher, writing in Spiked, responds to Middlesex University’s formal rejection of the government’s report on racial and ethnic disparities with an important rejoinder: Universities should be places where staff and students are free to share and develop their views. This includes those who dissent from prevailing orthodoxies
In November 2020, UUK issued a set of radical recommendations in its report “Tackling Racial Harassment in Higher Education”, in response to alleged endemic racism in British universities. Don’t Divide Us supporters in academia respond. Read more
Camilla Turner at The Telegraph interviewed Dr Arif Ahmed, a philosophy lecturer who spearheaded a campaign at Cambridge University to amend a proposed free speech policy. The policy would have prioritised respect for different groups and opinions over a commitment to tolerance of free speech. Had the proposal passed unamended, it could have fostered division, […]
Cambridge student Sophie Watson at tcs makes an eloquent case against a policy that is presented as protecting free speech but actually undermines one of its central conditions: tolerance. Well-done to those defending freedom of speech and arguing that all students and staff must be allowed to make their own judgments: The policy’s vagueness makes […]
Following the murder of school teacher Samuel Paty, over 100 French academics published a Manifesto supporting a universalist approach to education. They were denounced as ‘deeply disingenuous’ and ‘profoundly dangerous’ in an open letter by a group of academics mostly from English-speaking universities. Here, in a robust response to their critics, the French scholars argue that […]