Professor Gus John

June 21, 2013

SRA report shows small improvement in staff diversity

This article was edited and published by LawCareers.Net The Solicitors Regulation Authority‘s (SRA) annual equality report has this year shown a small improvement in the diversity of its own employees. Black and minority ethnic (BME) staff now […]
May 25, 2013

Defining the ‘African family’ – your comments

Following the publication of “Defining the ‘African family’ in the Global African Diaspora“,  many of you have been e-mailing me to share your comments on some of the points I raised. One of the most significant contributions […]
May 20, 2013

Defining the ‘African family’ in the Global African Diaspora

The Pan-African Congress Movement (PACM) in the UK will observe Africa Liberation Day (ALD) in various cities, notably London and Birmingham, over the weekend 25- 27 May 2013, as it has done annually over many decades.  This […]
May 20, 2013

“To the barricades!”

On 13th May 2013, Diane Abbott MP put out a call to the 10th London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Conference: “Black Children & Education: After Gove, where next?”. For the past 13 years, the Communities Empowerment […]
May 14, 2013

Why did they have to rain on our party?

On Tuesday 23 April 2013, at about 3.00pm, serious youth violence in London claimed two lives, that of Derek Boateng who turned 16 that very day and of his 15 year old assailant (who cannot be named […]
May 13, 2013

Tackling school exclusion

Gus John, Chair of the Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) announces another annual report (2012/2013) and sets out the challenges facing this charitable, community-based organization that deals with almost 1,000 school exclusion cases each year: The current education […]
May 3, 2013

A tribute to Prince Joseph Lincoln Burke-Monerville

The following address was delivered at Joseph Burke-Monerville‘s funeral.  Condolences to John and Linda, Joseph’s parents and Jonathan and David, his brothers and all of the Burke-Monerville extended family. If I were to name you all, we’d […]
April 23, 2013

To iconize and canonize: Stephen Lawrence 20 years later

On 22 April 2013, senior representatives of the British state joined the Lawrence family in marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of 18 year old Stephen Lawrence by white racists. Leaders of the three main political parties and […]
April 10, 2013

Paris Brown: sending up a gimmick?

On 8 April 2013 the Evening standard carried a story about Paris Brown who having been appointed as a youth police commissioner by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, one week earlier at a cost to […]
March 16, 2013

Is Oxford University biased against BME applicants?

Earlier this month, professor Gus John went on the Islam Channel to comment on a news story published by The Guardian, where  Oxford University was accused of “institutional bias” against the admission of black and minority ethnic (BME) […]
March 1, 2013

My highlights: History, Education, and Policing

The week of 18 February 2013 offered many opportunities for reminiscing, reflection, critical analysis and for planning collective action on a number of fronts, history, education and race and policing and community security among them. On Wednesday […]
February 28, 2013

Play the accordion with Sir Michael Wilshaw

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, is passionately committed to closing the gap between high performing schools and those struggling to deliver meaningful and saleable schooling outcomes to children. He rightly identifies school leadership as a key […]
March 14, 2014

SRA ‘not racist’ but black solicitors treated harshly

The Independent newspaper published the article below on 14/03/2014. The body that investigates solicitors has been cleared of institutional racism despite an independent inquiry concluding that it disproportionately pursues black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers for alleged wrongdoing. […]
March 13, 2014

Disproportionate representation of BME solicitors in SRA’s work “not caused by racism”

The Legal Futures website published the article below on 13/03/2014 The disproportionately high representation of black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) disciplinary work is caused by broader socio-economic factors around access […]
March 13, 2014

SRA focus too narrowly on regulating in the public interest

The Solicitors Journal published the following article on 13/03/2014 The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s narrow focus on regulating in the public interest has had a disproportionately adverse effect on BME firms, the author of a major review into allegations of […]
March 13, 2014

BME solicitors more harshly treated – but SRA cleared of racism

The Law Society Gazette published the following article on 13/03/2014 Black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors are disproportionately represented among those investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and receive harsher sanctions when convicted – but the regulator […]
March 13, 2014

Independent Comparative Case Review Published

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published the report of the Independent Comparative Case Review (ICCR), conducted by Professor Gus John. The report presents the results of case reviews and of a statistical analysis of SRA data. […]
March 8, 2014

Policing by contempt

So, finally the home secretary is ordering a judge-led inquiry into the activities of undercover police and their corrupt practices. We in the black community have argued since the 1960s that there is a thin dividing line between […]
February 15, 2014

Could you name a British black intellectual, now Stuart Hall has gone?

The Guardian newspaper published the article below on 15/02/2014 As a pioneer of cultural studies and coiner of the term “Thatcherism”,Prof Stuart Hall, who died this week, was in the truest sense a public intellectual. He was […]
February 10, 2014

Jamaican Cultural Theorist Stuart Hall Dies, Aged 82

JAMAICAN CULTURAL theorist Stuart Hall has died aged 82, according to reports. Hall, who grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, studied at Oxford and emerged as one of Britain’s leading sociologists. Last autumn, Hall was brought to the […]
February 6, 2014

Independence in Schooling, Except from Gove!

There is a stirring in the soul of Michael Gove that does not augur well for the nation’s children and the schools to which parents are legally bound to send them. The Secretary of State appears to want […]

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