‘Palatable Victimhood’ and the Callous Hierarchies of Power within Student Politics

by Ananya Rao-Middleton In a landscape of short-term contracts, precarious teaching positions, and student-as-consumer models, universities are becoming increasingly hostile environments for students of colour, particularly non-EU international students. Responses to the neoliberalisation of higher education institutes have ranged from student-led campaigns and protests to academic discourse. Persistent and tenacious work has led to national… Read More

Private firms are profiting from the collective-punishment and surveillance of Muslims in the UK

by Ananya Rao-Middleton  The Prevent scheme polices, monitors and disciplines British Muslims through an all-pervading divide-and-rule neoliberal framework There was understandable outrage last month when Muslim primary school pupils in an East London school were asked to complete counter-terrorism questionnaires. Buxton School, at the centre of the scandal, released several (albeit dubiously conflicting) statements following… Read More

Schools in the UK Are Now Asking Muslim Children to Fill Out “Counter-Extremism” Tests

by Ananya Rao-Middleton Over the past couple of days, this photograph of a questionnaire/survey given to primary school children in East London has been widely circulated on social media. Statement from the executive head teacher of Buxton school, which is one in a number of schools involved in the pilot programme funded by the European… Read More