Sunday, 15 April 2012
London Metropolitan University, commonly referred to as London Met, is one of these 'new' universities which sprang up after the demise of technical colleges and has been offering further education for 10 years. It boasts to being in the top 10 most popular universities in England for international students.
London Met has offices in Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan and attracts students from 190 countries.
One-fifth of the university's students are Muslim and of those the majority are women. Professor Malcolm Gillies is considering banning the sale of alcohol from some parts of the campus because a 'high percentage' of students consider drinking 'immoral'. He goes on to say:
"Because there's no majority ethnic group, I think it [selling alcohol] is playing to particular parts of our society much more [than to others]".
I was always under the impression that UK universities were liberal establishments which offered our young people the opportunity to learn and make personal choices.
If alcohol is removed from campuses because it offends a minority, how long will it be before certain foods are banned because they are culturally insensitive to certain ethnic groups?
It would seem sex on campus may be next on the professor's banned list. It wouldn't surprise me if some of his students renamed him Killjoy.