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Keep Your Black Academics

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UCL states that it was established to 'open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion.' Unfortunately, with regards to race, the university has not evidenced the same aspiration for its academic staff. The relegation of Black academics to perpetual short-term contracts and constant threat of redundancy is, and has been for some time, a national dilemma—as reflected by Parliament in its minutes of evidence, pointing to a case from UCL. 

Dr. Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman is one of those academics. In his nine short months as a Research Associate in Philosophy of ‘Race’, he has contributed more to the progress of UCL as an equitable, 21st century community of scholars than most professors who have been here more than a decade. As the Department of Philosophy has recently given lectureships to individuals who had yet to obtain PhDs and has hired four lecturers this year, it is implausible that no permanent place exists for the crucial work in which Dr. Coleman is currently engaged. 

We, the undersigned stakeholders in the UCL community and concerned parties-at-large, insist that Professors Michael Arthur (Provost), Jonathan Wolff (Dean of Faculty of Arts & Humanities) and José Zalabardo (Head of Department, Philosophy) intervene to create a permanent, tenure-track position in the Department of Philosophy for Dr. Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman before the end of his contract on 30 September 2014.

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