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Sandwell College lecturer sacked over ‘racist’ poster protest

A college lecturer has been sacked after defacing a poster on display at a college to say it was racist. The poster at Sandwell College promoted the Prevent scheme – the legal duty for teachers to report students who show signs of being drawn into violent extremism. David Muritu said he had acted in “a moment of frustration” but felt the strategy unfairly targeted Muslims. Sandwell College said it expected staff to “act professionally”. The Universities and College Union (UCU) warned industrial action was now an option. Read more

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College accused of ‘everyday racism’ after sacking lecturer

The new Universities and College Union general secretary has accused the leadership at Sandwell College of “everyday racism” after it sacked lecturer Dave Muritu. In an interview with FE Week, Dr Jo Grady said there is “everyday racism in colleges”, and that “we have seen that just this week with someone being dismissed at Sandwell”. Muritu was fired by the college last week for writing the word “racist” on a poster promoting the Prevent strategy. Despite admitting to drawing on the poster and apologising for his actions, the lecturer was dismissed for gross misconduct on the grounds of “serious damage to college property”, “bringing the college into disrepute” and “use of inappropriate language”. Read more

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Lecturer dismissed for writing ‘racist’ on poster

The University and College Union has called for a maths lecturer to be reinstated after he was dismissed for writing the word “racist” on a poster promoting the Prevent programme. According to the union, Dave Muritu was dismissed for gross misconduct by Sandwell College, in the West Midlands, on Wednesday. He is said to have admitted to drawing on the poster and apologised for his actions but was summarily dismissed last week. Read more

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Reinstate David Muritu

Sandwell College sacked UCU branch secretary Dave Muritu for gross misconduct after he wrote on a poster promoting the controversial Prevent programme. Muritu apologised for his actions but, although the college acknowledged that his actions didn’t bring the institution into disrepute, he was summarily dismissed. UCU believes such a heavy-handed and disproportionate response from the college had to be down to Muritu’s trade union activities. Read more