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Black British students ‘psychologically damaged by white curriculum’

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Universities across Britain might be causing psychological distress to black students because they’re forced to learn about mostly white Europeans, the National Union of Students (NUS) leader has said.

NUS president Malia Bouattia, herself a black woman of Algerian heritage, believes that as most higher education is based on “Eurocentric” subjects, non-white undergraduates end up lagging behind.

Her comments follow an announcement from the UK government that universities need to increase their numbers of black and minority ethnic students fivefold by 2020.

In an interview with the Guardian, Bouattia attacked how ‘white’ British university curricula can be, saying: “When we look at the incredibly Eurocentric curriculum, where people don’t see themselves in what they’re studying, and can’t relate to it, and feel that their European counterparts hit the ground running, they can’t see themselves advancing in the subjects.” – READ MORE

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