An important indicator of a breakdown of barriers between different ethnic groups is accepting someone of a different ethnic background marrying into the family. Much research into attitudes looks at the views of the majority ethnic group separately to those of the minorities. In a break from this tradition, researchers from the University of Manchester […]
Segregation and inequalities: what should we take from the Casey Review?
The publication of the Casey Review into Opportunity and Integration has been accompanied by intense debate. The review’s unbalanced focus on Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and people of Muslim faith, and its implicit suggestion that integration is the responsibility of minority groups rather than a collective one, have understandably caused concern. However, Dr Gemma Catney of […]
Ethnically targeted government assistance: a hard sell
How can the UK Government best tackle ethnic disadvantage? Dr Rob Ford looks at why a targeted approach aiming to tackle the problem directly could be politically dangerous. Discrimination is a serious problem in Britain. A wide range of research shows ethnic minorities suffer disadvantages in university applications, in the labour market, in the housing market […]
Ethnic diversity and UK PLC
The top UK firms need more leadership from government to close the ethnic diversity gap, argues Ken Clark. Ethnic disadvantage in the labour market has been well documented in recent years. In the UK, as in many other countries, some non-white groups face restricted access to employment and suffer lower wages when in jobs. These […]
The role of ethnicity in university admissions
Your likelihood of being offered a place at a Russell Group university may be related to your ethnicity, explains Steven Jones. Here is an excerpt from a UCAS personal statement written recently by an applicant to a Russell Group university: “There are various times where I have been a team member such as in hockey, […]
Two Things We Need to Say About Race That Are True
Social inequalities and racial discrimination powerfully impact on the lives of Britain’s ethnic minorities. These are the two issues that have to be central to any political conversation about race in today’s society. Described by The Times as “among the most important documentaries of the decade” Channel 4’s Things We Won’t Say About Race That […]
Why has Britain’s civil rights movement been forgotten?
As the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta approaches, Dr Laurence Brown argues that the significant struggles faced by ethnic minorities to achieve modern-day freedoms are being overlooked. Next year will mark eight hundred years from the signing of Magna Carta. The extensive public history projects underway to commemorate what is seen […]
Why do ethnic inequalities continue to matter?
Have we moved into a ‘post-race’ policy environment, in which politicians claim ethnic inequalities no longer matter? They remain important and significant, counters Prof James Nazroo. When was the last time you heard an MP, let alone a minister, talk about ethnicity in terms of inequality? In mainstream policy discussion we appear to have moved […]
Politicians need to grasp that there are many ways of being British
There are many ways of being British. This is a reality that politicians and others need to understand, explains Dr Bridget Byrne. In response to the ‘Trojan horse’ controversy in Birmingham, David Cameron, Conservative Party leader has again stressed his belief in the need to emphasise ‘British values’. This is not a new approach. In […]
Wales must confront uncomfortable truths about racism
Despite a long-established narrative of non-racism in Wales, the reality is that racism persists and has real consequences, writes Dr Bethan Harries. This awkward truth must be acknowledged if the country is to make real progress in redressing racism and inequalities. In March this year an All Wales Race Conference was held in Cardiff – the first such […]