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Mad World - Guest blog by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

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Read our latest blog: Mad World by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

A quick Google search defines mental illness broadly as, ‘a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking.’ When we live in a context where a “serious disorder” is often attached to acting and speaking out about racism rather than being racist, we must be critical about our own understandings of mental health and how they have been constructed by those with power.

In 1851, American physician Samuel Cartwright diagnosed black slaves who ...........Read more

The Importance of an Intersectional Approach in Social Research - Guest blog by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

Read our blog: The Importance of an Intersectional Approach in Social Research by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audre Lorde

In researching BAMER issues in the UK, it is important not to homogenise racial struggle and instead understand the diversity of identities that are present in different racial groups. For this, it is important that we view things from an intersectional perspective.

Intersectionality arose from black feminist scholarship, the term coined by. .........Read more

Tackling exploitation in the workplace

On 15th November 2016 ROTA held the first of its series of workshops on the role of exploitation and discrimination within the workplace.

The event was attended by 22 participants with presentations from Rosa Crawford of the TUC and Michael Reed of Free Representation Unit.

Guest Speakers included:

Michael Reed – Principal Legal Officer, Employment (The Free Representation Unit) Rosa Crawford – Policy Officer (Trades Union Congress)

Speaker presentations available here: ...Read more

ROTA (September 2016) Equality and Inclusion in the Academies Programme

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Equality and Inclusion in the Academies Programme: 2016 indicates that the democratic process, by which local communities have a say in what happens to their schools, could be in jeopardy and that BAME people in particular are under-represented on the governing bodies of Multi-Academy Trusts.
 

ROTA Research Data Management Policy

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As a social action and research organisation ROTA places high value on the research carried out under its aegis, whether this is produced alone or in collaboration with others.

ROTA recognises that the different types of output resulting from this research are key assets and should be managed in a way that brings most benefit for the individual researcher and for ROTA. Research data in its various forms is one such output.

There are a number of obligations on both individual researchers and ROTA regarding research data, for example legal...Read more

Post Referendum Racism - blog by Andy Gregg

Read the latest blog “Post Referendum Racism“ by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

Pandora’s Box has been opened by the Brexit referendum and it is difficult to see how the evils that it has allowed to escape can be put back in the box. Already there are reports of increasing race hate crimes – many directed at Polish and other European migrants but also directed at Muslims and other migrant and minority groups.

Although many who voted for Britain to leave the European Union were not in .........Read more

ROTA submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee Inquiry on Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs)

With the proposed expansion of the Government’s academies programme, ROTA’s submission to the Inquiry focuses on the following: the balance of decision-making at the individual school level and at the multi-academy trust level and the appropriateness of formal governance structures employed; how the performance of MATS should be assessed. We bring to the Inquiry’s attention the following:

The lack of representation and influence Black, Minority Ethnic, & Refugee communities have within the formal governance structures of MATs and its disproportionate impact on BME&R pupils The...Read more

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