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April 12, 2016

Why ‘I am not Charlie’

    he metres upon metres of newsprint that followed the Paris attacks have been a masterclass in the contortions of a post-colonial Europe seeking to come to terms with its redefined self. Most commentators agree that […]
January 18, 2015

Suicide in Prison:
The Abondonment of Hope

    n 6 February 2014, the Justice Secretary announced an independent review into self-inflicted deaths in National Offender Management Service (NOMS) custody of 18-24 year olds and invited Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Independent Advisory […]
December 18, 2014

Bullying in higher education

  We should be worried about the competence of those running our universities, says Gus John, who identifies three reasons why bullying goes unchecked in academia. The results of the Guardian higher education network’s survey on bullying […]
December 5, 2014

What has Cyril Burt got to do with black boys?

“I always felt that a scientist owes the world only one thing, and that is the truth as he sees it. If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad. Tact and diplomacy are fine […]
December 1, 2014

CEN Annual Report: a note from Prof Gus John

Compulsory Schooling and the Urgent Need to Safeguard Children’s and Parents’ Rights The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has just concluded a public consultation on a rights-based approach to education. CEN welcomes and has responded to […]
November 27, 2014

After Trojan Horse: Ofsted on the gallop

The Trojan Horse debacle has highlighted more than any other issue in recent memory just what kind of schooling and education system we have and how utterly inappropriate the in-built measures for assessing and guaranteeing quality actually […]
November 23, 2014

Patriotism in Black and White

There is something very instructive about the events that unfolded in Rochester last week. For me, the most disturbing and dangerous is the reaction to Emily Thornberry’s tweet. Disturbing, because of the assumptions that underlie the popular narrative. […]
November 21, 2014

The RSA Supplementary Schools Investigation

This comment is in response to a request from the Royal Society of Arts to join a group of 20 ‘experts’ and advise on a new ‘investigation’ into Supplementary Schools. To place my comments in context, let […]
November 11, 2014

Unveiling of African and Caribbean War Memorial

Prof Gus John delivered the following speech at the unveiling ceremony of the War Memorial to African & Caribbean Servicemen and Women in Brixton, London: Before I pour Libation and acknowledge the spirit of all those Africans who […]
November 1, 2014

The Intriguing Edit

The Diversity League Table 2014 – Editorial Censored? This editorial for the Black Solicitors Network’s Diversity League Table journal is the edited version of a feature interview with Professor Gus John for the Diversity League Table 2014. […]
October 15, 2014

Book review: ‘Black British Intellectuals and Education’

It is not for nothing that the arrival of the ship Empire Windrush at Tilbury port in East London on 22 June 1948 is seen by many commentators as marking the start of the growth of the […]
September 26, 2014

Launch of Black History Month in Wales

On September 26th, Prof Gus John delivered the following speech – entitled ‘The Past in the Present: Working Together to Make the Future We Face the Future We Want for Wales‘ – at the Riverfront Theatre and […]

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