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(5 December 2014)
The School of Social Sciences (SoSS) in collaboration with The Runnymede Trust and the University’s Equality and Diversity Office, hosted a public lecture by Greg Dyke, Chair of the Football Association and former Director General of the BBC, on ‘Tackling Discrimination: Football, Media and the Pursuit of Equality’.
The lecture was the latest in the Jim Rose Memorial Lecture series, in memory of Runnymede’s co-founder and his commitment to the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice in Britain.
The discussion panel, chaired by ITV newsreader Bridgid Nzekwu, included Gillian Joseph, from Sky News, and Rimla Akhtar, Chair of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. They explored the challenges for race equality and how these could be addressed in practical ways.
In a typically hard-hitting and no-nonsense lecture, Mr Dyke spoke of the need for strong top-down practices to change the culture of organisations such as the BBC and the FA, and create a diverse workforce in media and sport, to ensure that these were reflective of, and relevant to, a multi-racial and multicultural 21st century Britain. Dyke argued that what is needed is not more race equality policies, but action, and he was supportive of affirmative action policies such as the American NFL’s Rooney Rule.
The lecture is one of a series of events and initiatives supported by SoSS aimed at ‘Addressing Inequalities’.