University of Limerick Student Life launches investigation into alleged incident of ‘racial abuse’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick Student Life has launched an investigation into alleged ‘racial abuse’ of a student this week. In a statement on social media, it alleged that a group of young men racially abused a student who was walking home alone …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 13 September]

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Protest in the Quad in support of a UCC colleague

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re standing here in the main quad in UCC in solidarity with our colleague and friend Aman De Sondy. Aman has received a horrible, racist threatening message, death threat, we’re here in this really lovely peaceful place, and yet things like this happen …” (video)

[YouTube, 22 August]

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Lecturer warns of anti-Muslim ‘network’ after anonymous threats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) has made a complaint to the Garda after receiving an Islamophobic death threat on Wednesday. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam at the university since 2015, said he received a voicemail from an unknown individual, who called the academic a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘terrorist’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 August]

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‘I hope you are executed’ – Muslim university lecturer wants action taken after receiving chilling voice message

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials at an Irish university have expressed disgust at a sinister telephone message left for a respected Muslim lecturer. University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Amanullah De Sondy confirmed he received a chilling voice message which called for his execution …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 21 August]

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Are racist incidents on the rise in Trinity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From neo-Nazi marches in the US, to attacks on mosques in New Zealand, it seems that crimes centred on hate for certain races, cultures, or religions are on the rise around the world. In Trinity, this year has been somewhat of an outlier in the number of racist incidents recorded publicly …” (more)

[Temi Adeniran, Trinity News, 15 April]

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University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Universities do not challenge racism, says UK’s first black studies professor

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Institutional racism in Britain’s universities is harming the performance of minority ethnic students, the UK’s first professor of black studies has said. Kehinde Andrews, an associate professor at Birmingham City University (BCU), told a conference last week marking Black History Month that universities are ‘no less institutionally racist than the police’, and criticised the curriculum for being overly ‘white’ …” (more)

[Alice Ross, Guardian, 23 October]

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Why won’t universities tackle racism head on?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Universities and students are complacent about the racial prejudice on campus. As long as it is ignored, it will continue to flourish …” (more)

[Conrad Landin, Guardian, 22 March]

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Racial discrimination in science: A black and white answer

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2011 by steve

“In American science, race affects the chance of getting a grant. You might expect that science, particularly American science, would be colour-blind. Though fewer people from some of the country’s ethnic minorities are scientists than the proportions of those minorities in the population suggest should be the case, once someone has got bench space in a laboratory, he might reasonably expect to be treated on merit and nothing else …” (more)

[Economist, 20 August]

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Racism and the Irish university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2011 by steve

“An article on migration and citizenship in today’s Irish Times raises once more the issue of racism in Irish universities. One of the cases described in the article is that of Riaz, who moved to Ireland with his wife and four children 15 years ago. The couple’s initial application was rejected, after a two-year wait, because they didn’t fulfil the five-year residency criteria. They reapplied in 2008 but their application is still being processed. In the mean time their children have grown up in Ireland and studied in the Irish education system. However, because of their exclusion from citizenship, Raiz’ children are not eligible for the free fees scheme …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 10 May]

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Schools and colleges ‘ill-equipped’ to deal with rise in racism incidents

Posted in Legal issues on April 5th, 2010 by steve

“Schools and colleges are ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with increasingly frequent incidents of racism, teachers have claimed. Racist abuse appears common in second level schools, further education and third level colleges staffed by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), based on the findings of a survey released yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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Racism on Campus

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2009 by steve

“Some of you may remember that a number of weeks ago, the University Observer reported that an international student in UCD was the victim of a racist attack. Like many others at the time I was utterly shocked, not that racism still existed but at the violent nature of the attack (firebomb). I emailed the relevant department and the Student Union offering assistance and linked Love Music Hate Racism with UCDSU ….” (more)

[USI Equality Blog, 7 December]

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Watchdog wants BNP to be denied right to teach

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2008 by steve

“Members of the British National Party (BNP) working in universities should not be allowed direct contact with students, the higher education equality watchdog has said. Several higher education staff were among BNP members whose details were recently leaked on the internet. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), said this week that while ‘primacy of freedom of speech is fundamental’, universities had legal obligations to promote good race relations on campus. ‘It is hard to see how institutions can reconcile their duty to promote good race relations with staff being members of the BNP. Institutions may therefore consider that it is inappropriate for BNP members to have teaching and/or pastoral care responsibilities, or other direct contact with students,’ she said …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 27 November]

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Institutional racism in UK universities?

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2008 by steve

“Universities have become the latest institutions to be accused of harbouring racism. A professor at Manchester University has lashed out with claims of racial discrimination.” (more)

[Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Bullying of Academics in Higher Education Blog, 11 August]

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