What would you like for 2017? Empathy please.

By Theresa Salzer: What would you like for 2017? Empathy please. I vote for more empathy in the New Year, because I would like to join Roman Krzanric in his idea that “empathy is a catalyst for social change”. I’m aware that technically a new year can start at any given time, but having Read More

white people tackling racism

Beyond Denial: Effectively Tackling Racism as a White Person

 By Rachel Elgy: Introduction Racism is an uncomfortable topic for White people to discuss, often eliciting feelings of guilt, defensiveness or denial (Kivel, 2011). This essay will discuss some of the key obstacles preventing White people from tackling racism effectively, and explore possible actions to overcome these obstacles, motivating White people to become successful Read More

EU decision

An EU-Motional Time for Britain?

By Rachel Elgy: There has been a lot of research undertaken recently, to look into the different effects our emotions have on the way we make decisions, and it is becoming increasingly evident that our emotions are actually the biggest factor, often outweighing logic and rationality. Consider the film ‘Inside Out’ as a basic Read More

Home From Home

Home from Home? Young People’s Perspectives on Immigration and Asylum Issues

By Kate Hollinshead: Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011, it is estimated that just over 4.5 million Syrians have fled the country in fear of their lives. Just over 2.5 million of these are currently seeking refuge in Turkey; approximately 1 million in neighbouring Lebanon, a country the size of Read More

Veiled attack on Muslim women

A Veiled Attack on Muslim Women

By Sarah Soyei: On 26th January Sir Michael Wilshaw announced that school inspectors will be allowed to rate schools as “inadequate” if pupils or staff are wearing veils and this “is clearly hindering communication and effective teaching.” Marking a whole school inadequate due to the perceived abilities of one pupil or one teacher seems Read More


Never again? Our concern for refugees should not be consigned to the past

By Sarah Soyei: On the 1st July 2015 Sir Nicholas Winton died, he was 106. Sir Nicholas was famous for his actions during the Second World War, where he saved 669 Czechoslovakian children from the Holocaust. He arranged the transportation of the children, who would have faced almost certain death if they had stayed, Read More


Islamophobia and the Readiness to Believe in Mythical Trojan Horses

  It all started with a letter… the anonymous, undated letter entitled ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ first came to light in 2013, but didn’t hit the headlines until published in the Sunday Times in March this year. It was allegedly from an Islamic group in Birmingham spearheading an plot to create organised disruption, get rid of Read More


“Let’s Talk about Racism …” Tackling Racism and Promoting Equality in Schools

On Wednesday, The Independent newspaper ran with the cover story that ChildLine has seen a 69% increase in young people contacting them because of racial bullying. The statistic comes from ChildLine’s report “Can I tell you something?” which provides a breakdown of the reasons why young people have contacted the service. The report adds that: Read More

race equality

Race Equality in Higher Education

A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference on race equality in higher education, organised by the University of Hertfordshire. It was an opportunity for university lecturers, students, HR officers, trade unionists, and equality and diversity practitioners to get together to discuss the issues facing higher education with regards to race equality and to Read More


Time to Act on Islamophobia

Today has seen the publication of a survey of 1000 young people conducted by Radio 1’s Newsbeat, which found that a quarter of the young people questioned didn’t trust Muslims. 28% said Britain would be better off with fewer Muslims, and 44% said Muslims did not share the same values as the rest of the Read More