Oxford University hires staff to investigate college's colonialism and British Empire links

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Last year Sam Gyimah, the former universities minister warned universities against ‘decolonising’ curricula to avoid ‘unfashionable’ subjects.

St John’s College said the new researcher will be tasked with exploring “connections between the college and colonialism, uncovering benefactions to St John’s and the alumni who served in the empire”.

The successful applicant will be paid between £32,236-£39,609 per annum.

The advert reads: “This project will explore connections between the college and colonialism, uncovering benefactions to St John’s and the alumni who served in the empire.

“It will also investigate the monuments, objects, pictures, buildings that evoke the colonial past.

“This is a pioneering project; one we hope will set the standard for future work in other institutions.”

Professor William Whyte, who is leading the project, said colleges needed to be “open” about their colonial links.

“It’s about understanding our history, and making sure we have nothing to hide,” he said.



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