Students stand up against sexism

Students from the University of Lincoln, UK, will be given training on how to stand up to sexist behaviour as part of a new research project on tackling gender-based discrimination.

The research will see the launch of a prevention education programme called Get Savi, which trains students on what gender-based discrimination is, and how to be assertive when confronting language and behaviour which could be seen as sexist and potentially lead to harmful situations.

Students will receive two days’ training from Scottish Women’s Aid, learning how to recognise sexist or homophobic statements or jokes, and will be given training on ways to speak out and challenge such behaviour safely if they encounter it. Once they have been trained, the students will then run further workshops in pairs for other groups of students to pass on their knowledge and skills.

The research is funded by the University and led by Criminology lecturer Dr Sundari Anitha with colleagues from the Schools of Social and Political Sciences, Health and Social Care and Performing Arts.

via Students stand up against sexism.


Facing the taboo of race discrimination in higher education

Over the past two years we have seen a significant increase in work related to gender equality. Over the last 10 years ECU has been proud to run the Athena SWAN charter mark for the progression of women in the sciences. We are currently extending this to all academic disciplines. Universities who sign-up to the charter mark are, in a public manner, acknowledging the gender inequalities within their culture and processes, engaging in dialogue about them and committing to an action plan outlining the work they will undertake to address the issues.


Achieving the same result for race equality has taken longer and we are still not there. Universities are not unique in this; there is a universal reticence within UK society to talk candidly about race, racial inequalities, and tackling institutional racism. The ‘r’ word has been a taboo that we have been reluctant to address.


via Facing the taboo of race discrimination in higher education.

Elitism and social discrimination persist, but what is to blame?

We should be clear: schools, universities, and leading firms all have a part to play in the continuation of elitism and social class discrimination

According to a study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, published today, the UK is still “deeply elitist”, dominated in top positions by people educated at independent schools and Oxbridge.

Alan Milburn, who heads the Commission, said that many institutions that matter appear to be more like a “cosy club”.

The findings today show of certain leading professions, the proportion of people who went to fee-paying schools included:

71% of senior judges;

62% of senior armed forces officers;

55% of permanent secretaries (the most senior civil servants);

53% of senior diplomats;

45% of chairmen and women of public bodies;

44% of the Sunday Times Rich List;

43% of newspaper columnists; and

26% of BBC executives.

via Elitism and social discrimination persist, but what is to blame? | Left Foot Forward.

Black delegates stage walkout at UCU equalities conference in Manchester

At a University and College Union event in Manchester University last week, black members walked out in protest at the Union’s alleged failure to tackle race issues.

Members of the Union walked out over “racism, bullying and harassment,” and failure to support black members against victimisation.

The union’s longest serving black member Jim Thakoordin described the situation, saying there was “an outburst and walkout at the beginning of the conference by 75 per cent of black delegates present” on November 14th.

Jim stood up at the beginning of the conference and asked to speak about a statement released under the name of “black members of UCU,” but was refused permission to speak.

Members who protested were removed, and other delegates then walked out of the conference centre in protest.

In the statement, it states that “nearly 11000 black members within the UCU representing over 10 per cent of the union membership and contributing around £1 million towards the UCU annually.” It accuses the union of “ignoring reports, petitions, letters and representations” from the Black Members’ Standing Committee.

via Black delegates stage walkout at UCU equalities conference in Manchester > The Mancunion.

‘The First Time Anyone Called Me A “Paki” Was In Cambridge’

So I can’t talk about my race because it makes you feel uncomfortable?’ reads one of the signs a Cambridge student is pictured holding. It’s bold stuff – and part of a campaign that’s designed to show that the reality of being a student at – what’s long been thought of – one the universities of choice for the white, upper-class establishment.


The campaign was started by Yasmin Lawal, a 20 year-old third year Law student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge,who was so struck by the lack of diversity on campus that she launched the ‘I, Too, Am Cambridge’ campaign, which draws to a close today.

via ‘The First Time Anyone Called Me A “Paki” Was In Cambridge’ – The Truth About Racism At Our Top Universities | Long(ish) Reads | The Debrief.