Linda Adey’s documentary considers the piecemeal response of higher education providers to race-related incidents, and explains why some students are afraid to speak up

How big, do you think, does an entity have to become before it lays aside all the rules of common sense, practicality and decency by which the individuals of which it is composed might live and starts behaving like an unfeeling behemoth?

It was a point to ponder as the BBC Three/BBC One documentary Is Uni Racist?, presented by the journalist and Nottingham Trent University graduate Linda Adey, unfolded. It delineated a number of incidents and complaints lodged by students of colour at a number of universities and the authorities’ responses to them. None of them exactly covered themselves in glory, with their limited, opaque reactions to allegations of racial harassment.

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