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Tag Archive: Universities UK

Dec 15 2013

Advice from robots

Since Maryam saved the original UUK guidance, I’m reading pages 27 and 28 again for the nostalgia. It read as if it had been written by a robot. The segregation request is not yet in the public domain but the students’ union has an active feminist society which is likely to protest against the segregation request. Other societies are …

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Dec 15 2013

Who sits where

Kate Maltby on the gender segregation dispute. I spent much of Tuesday afternoon shivering outside the offices of Universities UK. I was there to protest their publication of guidelines which suggest segregated seating of men and women may be legally required where guest speakers demand it. It’s reassuring to learn that protest sometimes works: by …

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Dec 14 2013

Shoulder to shoulder to shoulder

There was a new comment yesterday on Nicola Dandridge’s November 25 blog post about the gender segregation bit of Universities UK’s guidance on external speakers. The new comment is by Jane Kelly, who went to the protest. Seats For Women! On Tuesday 10th December  I joined  ex Muslims from One Law For All, and various secular …

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Dec 13 2013

Maltby and Barkatulla on PM

Radio 4′s afternoon news program PM had the UUK-gender segregation story as its lead item, and then its first in-depth story. The talking heads were Kate Maltby, a Christian and a PhD student at UCL, and Fatima Barkatulla of Seeds of Change which (PM failed to say) is part of iERA. Barkatulla pushed the UUK …

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Dec 13 2013

Those who wish to sit in separate areas

The Telegraph has the skinny on what the Equality and Human Rights Commission thinks of the gender segregation issue. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced it will help re-write guidance, published by Universities UK (UUK) last month, which said Muslim societies and other groups were entitled to practice gender segregation at public meetings on campus. …

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Dec 12 2013

The assertion of religious political power

The Telegraph reported on the gender segregation protest. Maryam Namazie, a researcher at the University of London and one of the organisers of the event, said that she has noticed a rise of Islamism across UK Universities that is not truly representing the views of most Muslims.   She said: “In the UUK’s efforts to be inclusive they …

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Dec 12 2013

Nicola Dandridge speaks

I’ve just been listening to Today’s Today programme on UUK and gender segregation. I’ve got to run off so will post later but there it is for your listening pleasure fury. It starts just before 2 hrs 10. I find Dandridge simply astonishing. I can hardly believe what I’m hearing. Fortunately Justin Webb sounds almost …

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Dec 12 2013

‘Have the people who are likely to come to this event agreed to the segregation?’

The BBC reports on UUK’s statement. Universities UK says it has today requested legal clarification from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In a letter, Universities UK which represents 132 institutions, has asked the Commission to consider having the issue clarified by the High Court, “or provide a clear and public statement about the law …

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Dec 12 2013

UUK speaks at last

Universities UK has issued a press release on the gender segregation issue. Statement from Universities UK: Universities UK’s publication External speakers in higher education institutions aims to provide guidance to institutions in managing the process for inviting external speakers onto campus, both in terms of upholding principles of free speech, and also complying with the law. It …

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Dec 10 2013

Apathy strikes again

Bernard Hurley is at the protest against Gender Segregation and Universities UK’s guidelines on same. He says there aren’t many people there though, only about 150. Dammit.

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