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Top uni reappoints OBV’s director as a lecturer

University-Park-NottinghamOBV director Simon Woolley has been asked to continue as special lecturer at a top university

The prestigious Nottingham University has offered OBV’s Director a further three years to be one of their visiting lectures at their School of Social Sciences.

The reappointment means Woolley will continue to give lectures throughout the year to a range of students in regards to race politics, community activism and social justice.

Asked why he took up the position Woolley stated: ‘I feel greatly honoured that I can make this kind of contribution to some of the brightest students in the country.


Simon Woolley

‘For me it is a two way process: I challenge them and they certainly challenge me. A great satisfaction is when a student contacts you sometime later and says “I’m involved in local politics because of what you said.”‘

Dr Esther Bott, who organises the lectures Woolley talks at stated: ‘I teach a range of modules that are concerned in various ways with social divisions and inequality.

‘After about seven weeks of mainly theoretical lectures from me, in comes Simon and sweeps them off their feet with his impassioned and, importantly, uniquely informed talks on race politics, political participation, the status quo in Britain and USA etc.

‘He calls for the students to sit up and think about racism in a way that I simply cannot and always offers them ways to challenge racisms, from the most ‘casual’ to the deeply institutional, always emphasising the dangers at both ends of the continuum.

‘His is a talent I envy and which is valued by all of us in the School, especially the students who literally don’t stop talking about him for weeks! Simon’s involvement in seminars run by the School’s Identity, Citizenship and Migration Centre (ICMiC) are also always very well received by staff and postgraduates.

‘We are honoured and delighted that Simon has agreed to continue as Special Lecturer and are looking forward to working with him over the coming years.’



3 Responses

  1. Keep up the good work Simon.

  2. Congratulations Simon.

  3. Absolutely fantastic, well done, Simon, well done!!

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