Category: Education

April 15, 2022 / / Education

This article is dedicated to late Professor BM Mayosi.

At South African tertiary institutions, all employees – both black and white – lived in terror of it.

It was (and still is) at the very least a career limiting indictment and, at worst, it could mean public disgrace or suicide. This fear is the fear of being (falsely) accused of racism or being associated with any form of white supremacy.

February 1, 2022 / / Education

An academic’s view on why the UCU is wrong to use ‘pay gaps’ to justify strike action I will not be participating in the forthcoming university strikes and am not a member of the University and College Union (UCU) which is organising them. However, I see that one of the…

December 24, 2021 / / Culture

Anyone who has read me knows full well that I can’t bear the identitarian politics bandwagon and increasingly I’ve been arguing this is a middle class issue. This is a personal monologue and will need refining over time but for the time being this is what I think it’s all…

March 31, 2021 / / Education
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April 11, 2019 / / Culture

“Today the University of Bristol SPAIS held an event with Eric Kaufman (sic) who is an apologist for racism. And today we walked out of his event. Bristol uni is not the place or time to be having a discussion that harbours racist ideology.” So tweeted, Nasra Ayub, an undergraduate…

February 14, 2019 / / Education

A recent news item in The Times reported on the growing movement against studying ‘dead white men’ [DWM] and their contribution to knowledge and learning. The story was sparked by an independent report commissioned by Office for Students. Throughout the report there is frequent reference to the “lack of diversity…