Fairness and Equality

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    England is still educating different classes for different functions in society

England is still educating different classes for different functions in society

The working classes still get less of everything in education, including respect, argues Diane Reay. She suggests that in order to move towards a fairer educational system, England needs to implement a National Education Service that provides the same standards and level of resources to all children, regardless of class and ethnic background.

Historically, the English educational system has educated the […]

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    Britain is doing less than other countries to end pensioner poverty for women

Britain is doing less than other countries to end pensioner poverty for women

How does the UK compare with other European countries in relation to family-friendly policies? Liam Foster, Ruby Chau and Sam Yu look at eight European countries and develop two new indices on ‘defamilisation’, the degree to which social care measures make it possible for people to participate in activities outside their home. Their research shows that the UK still has much […]

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    How the youth of Britain’s Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities fight the injustices they face

How the youth of Britain’s Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities fight the injustices they face

The youth of the Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities are committed to fighting the injustices they face, writes Colin Clark. He argues that this form of activism may finally end the racism and stigma against them.

A recent article by Cassie Marie McDonagh in The Guardian reflected on her negative and discriminatory experiences of the state education system as an […]

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    How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

Racism is still alive and well in US and UK academia, writes Kalwant Bhopal. She argues that to dismantle it, there is a need for radical action from universities, which must start by acknowledging the existence of institutional racism and white privilege. 

Despite many claims to the contrary, racism is alive and well and robustly shaping the educational experiences of […]

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    Modern slave or illegal worker? The haze around modern slavery and its implications

Modern slave or illegal worker? The haze around modern slavery and its implications

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has been far from a solution to the problem of worker exploitation. Candice Morgan explains how the Act is flawed in its application, and why much of the ineffectiveness comes down to how ‘modern slavery’ is being represented.

When you hear the term ‘modern slavery’, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Sex-workers? Domestic […]

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    What a fairer tuition fees system would look like and how it may be achieved

What a fairer tuition fees system would look like and how it may be achieved

Carl Cullinane explains why a system of stepped fees and restored maintenance grants would reduce average levels of debt, and target resources at those from low-income households who need it the most, at a more moderate cost to the taxpayer.

Since university tuition fees were introduced in 1998, the issue has become a political flashpoint for successive governments, and Theresa […]

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    Women on company boards: time for the government to adopt legislative quotas

Women on company boards: time for the government to adopt legislative quotas

The UK’s voluntary approach towards gender equality on company boards has so far yielded results that are neither encouraging nor satisfactory, writes Giovanni Razzu. He reviews the situation and explains why the government must reconsider its approach.

The European Institute of Gender Equality has recently released the update to the Gender Equality Index, which showed no progress in many areas […]

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    The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

Despite often complaining about the existence of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has one of the strongest compliance records in the Court’s 47-country system. Zoë Jay explains how the UK’s conceptions of human rights protection shape its willingness to comply with the Court’s rulings.

To say the United Kingdom hasn’t always seen eye to eye with […]