Thursday 08-03-2018 - 15:00
NUS President Shakira Martin and Black Students' Officer Ilyas Nagdee have responded to the racist incident that took place at Nottingham Trent University this week. You can read their statements below.
“These hateful and disgraceful acts are abhorrent. Racism has no place at any university. Nobody should have to experience harassment and hate crime anywhere in society. Our education institutions should be spaces where all students, regardless of background, feel safe and secure. It is welcoming to hear that those responsible have been suspended and appropriate legal action will follow. There is absolutely no space for hate on our campuses and NUS will continue to support Nottingham Trent Students’ Union in the coming days and weeks. We will also work to address any concerns raised and further our ongoing work to ensure students of colour are supported.”
- NUS President, Shakira Martin
"Sadly these incidents are not uncommon. From racist writing on bananas at Warwick, the Confederate flag at Manchester and now shouting through the door in Nottingham - unfortunately this is the day to day experience of students of colour across the country. There is much to be done to make our institutions truly inclusive places but the Black Students’ Campaign is committed to tackling inequalities, systematic problems and eliminating hate crime from our campuses. We must take this as an opportunity to increase our efforts and bring about the change that is so desperately required."
- NUS Black Students’ Officer, Ilyas Nagdee