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Saying ‘the most qualified person should get the job’ is a microaggression, Britain’s top universities insist

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  • The universities say it ignores the idea that race plays a part in life success 
  • The move was called ‘cowardly’ and slammed as part of the ‘woke agenda’ 

Britain’s top universities warned staff and students that saying ‘the most qualified person should get the job’ is a microaggression. 

Russell Group universities, including the University of Glasgow, have issued guidance and even provided training courses to educate people on how to eliminate microaggressions.

Guidance from the Scottish university alongside the engineering department of Imperial College London insisted that using the phrase was discriminatory.

Glasgow University’s guidance is the latest advice from their anti-racism campaign and the university explained that the phrase ignored the idea that race plays a part in life success.

The top universities said that other examples of microaggressions – subtle or thinly veiled everyday forms of discrimination could include telling people that ‘everyone can succeed if they work hard enough’.

Russell Group universities including the University of Glasgow have issued guidance and even provided training courses to educate people on how to eliminate microaggressions

Other examples of microaggressions included using phrases like 'men and women have equal opportunities for achievement' and 'positive action is racist' (Stock image)

Other examples of microaggressions included using phrases like ‘men and women have equal opportunities for achievement’ and ‘positive action is racist’ (Stock image)

The university suggested that the statement meant that some people only got their job to tick a box or fill a quota.

Other examples of microaggressions included using phrases like ‘men and women have equal opportunities for achievement’ and ‘positive action is racist’.

Newcastle University warned students and staff not to respond to discussions around police brutality with ‘white people get killed by the police too’ The Telegraph reported.

These recent statements and guidance were revealed by the Committee for Academic Freedom (CAF), a group of academics worried about the erosion of free speech on campus. 

Dr Edward Skidelsky, a philosophy lecturer at the University of Exeter, and director of CAF, was alarmed by these statement and expressed fears over a lack of free speech on university campuses.

He  said: ‘By campaigning against questioning and denial, these universities are advocating an uncritical acceptance of statements in the various, undefined areas that they refer to.

‘The effect, again, is to undermine a culture of free enquiry.’ 

Chris McGovern, the chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: ‘It would seem that the woke virus has infected universities in a major way. It is cowardly. Universities are supposed to show their intelligence and reason and they are disapplying their intelligence and reason in order to pursue the woke agenda.’

Chris McGovern, the chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: ‘It would seem that the woke virus has infected universities in a major way. 

‘It is cowardly. Universities are supposed to show their intelligence and reason and they are disapplying their intelligence and reason in order to pursue the woke agenda.’

The universities were contacted for comment. 

This latest move by the UK’s top universities follows the revelation that more than half of Britain’s universities are peddling controversial and radical ‘woke’ ideologies on students according to a damning league table.

Some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions are ‘poisoning the minds of generations to come’, critics said last night, by subjecting undergraduates and academics to ‘trigger warnings’ and guidance on ‘white privilege’.

Compiled by Dr Richard Norrie, a researcher at the think-tank Civitas, the table ranks 137 universities after scouring websites, national and local media, and promotional materials for examples of ¿campus wokery'

Compiled by Dr Richard Norrie, a researcher at the think-tank Civitas, the table ranks 137 universities after scouring websites, national and local media, and promotional materials for examples of ‘campus wokery’

Elite Russell Group universities dominate the table, accounting for eight of the top ten spots. Cambridge and Oxford come first and second, having introduced ‘unconscious bias’ and race workshops for freshers, followed by the University of Bristol, which has outlawed words such as ‘mankind’ to avoid causing offence.

The findings were slammed as ‘disturbing’ by free speech campaigners and MPs, who say a ‘dark shadow’ of political correctness has now fallen over our most sought-after universities. 

Compiled by Dr Richard Norrie, a researcher at the think-tank Civitas, the table revealed that 62 per cent of 137 universities were fund to reference trigger warning and 79 institutions mentioned ‘white privilege’ in guidance to staff and students. 

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