Human rights watchdogs urged to investigate university over claims it discriminated against race tsar it denied an honorary degree

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Free Speech Union chief Toby Young has written to both the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shearer West, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The correspondence, seen by The Mail on Sunday, suggests that Dr Sewell, who runs a charity helping black children get into higher education, had been sidelined as he “voiced views which, in the minds of some, black people ought not to hold”. Mr Young pointed to a number of people given honorary degrees by Nottingham despite being mired in controversy. They included King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand – “despite his alleged collusion with far-Right militias” – Liu Xiaoming, China’s former UK ambassador who “dismissed reports of Uighur camps as fake news”, and ex-Malaysian prime minister and convicted money launderer Najib Razak.

Georgia Edkins, The Mail On Sunday, 20th March 2022.