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Diversity not discrimination: Oppose redundancy of only Black lecturer of Sociology at Birmingham University

Students at Birmingham University are campaigning against the redundancy facing Dr Jose Nafafe, a highly-respected lecturer, the only Black permanent member of academic staff in the university’s sociology department and the only specialist in ethnicity in the department.

Student Union Sabbaticals and campaigners have called a campus protest on Monday 19 November at 3pm to co-inside with Dr Jose’s redundancy panel. There is also a petition which has already attracted hundreds of signatures – sign it to show your support.

There is currently no individual who could replace Jose in teaching his modules – meaning the modules could be dropped altogether, or taught by temporary or unqualified staff. Management have still, this far into term failed to find any replacement for the compulsory modules that he is currently the only permanent member of staff in the Sociology department able to teach and yet are belligerently sticking to an arbitrary review from 2009 that decided to cut the number of staff in Sociology.

Less than 10% of senior academics at the University of Birmingham are ethnic minorities, and black individuals make up only 1.5% of all academic staff.

Supporting this campaign is not only about fighting cuts at Birmingham University, it is about stand up for a diverse and representative education sector.

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