The persistence of white privilege in higher education: isn’t it time for radical change?

By Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education and Social Justice Centre for Research in Race and Education, University of Birmingham Yesterday it was reported in The Guardian that Oxford University has yet again failed to address issues of diversity and inclusion in terms of its student intake. The Guardian reports that one in four Oxford colleges … Continue reading “The persistence of white privilege in higher education: isn’t it time for radical change?”

Taking responsibility for our prisons: lessons to be learnt from Norway

By Dr Anna Kotova, Lecturer in Criminology Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham Only about 25% of former prisoners in England and Wales are in employment after release, as per the government’s 2016 figures [ii]. About half of employers would not consider employing someone who had been to prison [iii]. In a recent … Continue reading “Taking responsibility for our prisons: lessons to be learnt from Norway”

Criticality not Commemoration: responding to the BBC airing Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech

By Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham The decision by the BBC to air Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in full, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary, is nothing less than bewildering. Widely acknowledged as one of the most provocative and racist public speeches in … Continue reading “Criticality not Commemoration: responding to the BBC airing Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech”

Forced migrants and social justice: no justice for asylum seekers in the UK

By Jenny Phillimore, Professor of Migration and Superdiversity Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham In aid of World Day of Social Justice, which this year focuses on ‘Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice.’ The emergence of a so-called “refugee crisis” in Europe wherein over a million refugees fleeing … Continue reading “Forced migrants and social justice: no justice for asylum seekers in the UK”

Why transforming autism education matters

By Dr Karen Guldberg, Reader in Autism Studies Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs, University of Birmingham Once upon a time, ‘Rainman’ was one of the few portrayals of an autistic person in the media. This has changed from ‘The A word’ to “The Bridge’, from ‘The Good Doctor’ to ‘The Autistic Gardener,’ there … Continue reading “Why transforming autism education matters”