- Students at SOAS said under-representation among staff made them ‘isolated’
- The comments were published in a report called Degrees of Racism by the union
- It was investigating why BME students got worse degrees than their white peers
- The report said academics ‘must be prepared to acknowledge that they are capable of racism’
Racist report by racists, for racists, blame ”racism” for students personal academic failure. Lecturers who are ’60 year old white men’ are unable to teach black and minority ethnic (BME) people, students have complained. The students, who are studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), said under-representation of black people among the teaching staff, relative to the student body, made students feel ‘isolated’, unable to engage with their studies and lecturers.
The comments were taken from interviews with students by the SOAS Student Union, which is part of the University of London, and submitted in a report which was researching into why less black and minority ethnic (BME) students achieve 2:1 or first class degrees than their white peers.
The report, called Degrees of Racism, said BME students’ confidence and engagement during their studies is affected by ‘racial exclusion and discrimination in the learning and teaching environment at SOAS’.
It added that this is due to combination of many factors, including a ‘white curriculum’, BME students being ‘excluded’ from classroom discussions and both other students and teachers had said ‘explicitly racist comments’ to BME students. examples of these alleged comments where not made available……..
When describing ‘barriers’ students face when they want to access support from lecturers and tutors, it said: ‘Non-white students were comparatively less likely than their peers to be able to access the advantages of cultural familiarity with their tutor.