How to decolonise the university

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign at the university of Cape Town ignited a worldwide discussion about decolonising universities and other further education institutions. Now, a new book Decolonising the University brings together resources to help academics and students to resist. Talia Dundoo talks to the book’s editors In 2015, students at the University of Cape Town… Read More

Is segregating state school students really the solution to Oxbridge’s diversity issue? 

Labour Party peer Andrew Adonis recently suggested that state school pupils be separated from privately educated pupils to increase diversity at Oxford and Cambridge colleges. A solution, or as Shahnaz Ahsan writes, the creation of a two tier system? How do you solve a problem like state school students at Oxbridge – or rather, the lack… Read More

Windrush and migration stories must become part of a national narrative of Britain | Windrush 70th Anniversary series

Patrick Vernon describes the need to include Windrush stories in our public imagination of how modern Britain was built in the third article in a series curated for Windrush Day by Kiri Kankhwende Read More

Music in education: a living relic of Western Europe’s colonial mentality

by Nathan Holder Since music entered the National Curriculum in 1988, the UK’s approach to musical education has been grounded in Western Classical traditions. From Palestrina to Schoenberg, Baroque to 20th Century Experimentalism, students are routinely taught the fundamentals of the art largely by studying ‘The Great Composers’, by learning the conventions of western classical… Read More

General Election: Seven weeks to save Britain

By Maurice Mcleod  So Theresa May has done it. After saying the country needed stability and that she would let Parliament run its course, she’s had her head turned by positive opinion polls and she’s going for a land-grab general election on 8 June. With all theatre she is becoming known for, she announced on the… Read More

How should we teach children about contested histories?

by Farah Elahi  In recent years, there have been numerous campaigns for the inclusion of marginalised histories in the national curriculum. These campaigns have been successful in retaining key black British figures such as Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano in history lessons. However, inclusion is not enough. We must go further, ensuring that these stories… Read More

Reject the rat race: higher education wasn’t made for poorer students, but we can change it

by Kennedy Walker  Last week The Independent reported that university debts are so high that students are suffering from increased mental health problems and struggling to afford food. A study by the mental health charity Mind found that 43,000 students at the Russel Group institutions access counselling services in the 2014-2015 academic year, compared to… Read More