Goldsmiths, University of London is the first higher education institution recognise racial trauma as impacting students’ work. Picture: Tolga AKMEN / AFP.
GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY of London is to allow students to claim cases of racial trauma as reasons for affecting their studies and applying for deadline extensions.
The university is first in the UK to recognise the mental health effects of racism on academic progress.
Following a campaign by the university’s student union, it was reached that racial trauma would be included in the categories of “serious life events” that require a student extra time for submitting coursework or assessments.
Larissa Kennedy, president of the National Union of Students, applauded the move: “For far too long, black and brown students have had to relive their trauma in front of decision-makers, who often have little to no understanding of racial trauma themselves.
“This win by Goldsmith students’ union is a win for all campaigns to decolonise education. It is one cornerstone of the end of universities’ complicity in racial violence, as it sets a precedent for institutions across the country.