Let me take you back to November 2018, around the announcement of the Vice-Chancellor’s suspension. It overshadowed the incident where racist slogans were found on Bay Campus, which is something that shouldn’t have been a brief matter in the news, and should have rather been treated with a similar level of seriousness as the suspension.
This is where the Equality and Human Rights Commission comes in. They’re launching an enquiry into racial harassment in Universities in order to collect evidence of such incidents. The aim is to eliminate any further incidents. But to do this, they need your help. There is a short survey online about your experience at university and any racial harassment you may have experienced or witnessed.
Who can participate in the survey?
Anybody who’s studied, or is studying, at any publicly funded higher education institution in England, Scotland or Wales from September 2015-present day and have experienced, witnessed, or offered support to people experiencing racial harassment.
It’s not just students, either. Members of staff in Welsh universities are also able to complete the survey, but it just requires a different link. A similar criteria applies; you must have been employed by any publicly funded higher education institution in England, Scotland or Wales at some point between September 2015- now and have also experienced, witnessed, or offered support to people experiencing racial harassment.
Where do I complete the survey?
Simply click on the links below:
Student Survey Link
Staff Survey Link
The survey closes at 23:59 on Friday 15th February 2019 so make sure you complete it before then!
For more information about the enquiry, please visit Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry information page here (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/inquiries-and-investigations/racial-harassment-higher-education-our-inquiry)
by Carys Svendsen