Race tsar Tony Sewell WILL get honorary degree from Buckingham University despite woke snub

Race tsar Tony Sewell WILL get honorary degree from Buckingham University despite woke snub

Race tsar Tony Sewell WILL get honorary degree from Buckingham University despite woke snub from Nottingham University following his institutional racism report in Britain

  •  Buckingham University recognise his work helping children get on degrees
  •  Nottingham University withdrew theirs due to pressure from woke campaigners
  •  Dr Sewell already has honorary degrees from Essex and Exeter universities 
  •  The Government hopes to fine universities for cancelling legal views or speakers

Race tsar Tony Sewell will receive an honorary degree tomorrow months after he was snubbed in a cancel culture row.

He will receive the accolade from Buckingham University in recognition of his work to help disadvantaged children get on to degree courses.

It comes after the veteran education activist had a similar offer withdrawn by Nottingham University in March following pressure from woke campaigners. Dr Sewell wrote a controversial report for ministers which concluded there was no evidence the UK is institutionally racist.

Accolade: Tony Sewell

Nottingham then said it would no longer be giving Dr Sewell an honorary degree because the controversy would overshadow its degree ceremony. It prompted criticism that Nottingham was failing to protect his free speech and giving in to cancel culture.

Announcing Buckingham’s move yesterday, vice chancellor Professor James Tooley said he had been impressed by Dr Sewell’s charitable work, as well as the government review. He said: ‘The University of Buckingham is conferring the honorary degree on Dr Tony Sewell on the basis of merit alone.

‘It is worth noting, however, that the university is proud of its commitment to free speech and academic freedom.’

Nottingham University withdrew the educational activists honorary degree  in March  after being pressured by woke campaigners

Nottingham University withdrew the educational activists honorary degree  in March  after being pressured by woke campaigners

Buckingham settled on the idea last July, when Dr Sewell gave a talk about his work with disadvantaged children.

Dr Sewell already has honorary degrees from Essex and Exeter universities for his work to increase university access among underrepresented students. His charity Generating Genius aims to help young people into top science and technology jobs.

It comes amid a row over free speech at universities, with woke students campaigning to shut down speakers, academics and research they disagree with.

The Government hopes to tackle this with legislation going through Parliament which would see universities and student unions fined for cancelling legal views.

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Eleanor Harding

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