BBC Radio 4: I Can’t Be Racist

By Saskia Kerkvliet|February 28, 2019|In the Media|0 comments

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002rkq Social psychologist Dr Keon West explores racial bias, and the concepts of both conscious and unconscious bias, drawing on the latest pyschological and sociological research. He examines common misconceptions surrounding racism and examines how bias is formed, asking how far we are responsible for our unconscious associations. The term “unconscious bias” has gained a great deal of popularity as an explanation for continued discrimination in Britain – and Unconscious

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Dr Gurnam Singh, The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Student Attainment Gap: What is it, why does it exist and what can be done to overcome it?

By Saskia Kerkvliet|December 5, 2018||0 comments

From being seen of marginal concern, over the past 10 years, the existence of a significant attainment gap between white and ‘Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) undergraduate students is now high on the agenda for most UK universities, but especially those institutions that have an ethnically diverse student body. As well as providing an overview of the nature and scale of ‘the problem’, this presentation will critically explore some of the ways in which BME attainment been theorised ranging from, student deficit, a product of unconscious bias, institutional/structural racism, and colonial curriculum. The presentation will end by offering a range of strategies for addressing the problem.