Bath uni academics have allegedly been asked to stop using this phrase because it makes students feel inadequate
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Bath University's Equality and Diversity Network has asked academics to stop saying "as you know" in a bid to prevent students from feeling inadequate and encourage them to ask questions in lectures and classes. The advice was given at a meeting in May, where a video entitled "Why Is My Curriculum White" was screened. In the video, an anonymous student reported that using the phrase 'as you know' could lead to self-doubt, and made things difficult to question. Also, the phrase was deemed inappropriate considering the number of international students at Bath
According to minutes of the meeting, Berenice Dalrymple, co-chair of Bath Students' Union's race equality group, said after the video:
"Some lecturers used commonly known references stating 'as you know,' which could make students feel at fault for not knowing and make it difficult to engage with the course content."
Bath Students' Union President Eve Alcock, who was present at the meeting, defended the decision in a statement on her official student union Facebook page, saying:
"I'm proud that our University listening to views of our diverse student body and engaging in the inclusive curriculum agenda. Our students - regardless of their background and life experience - should feel their curriculum is relevant to them so that they are passionate about and inspired by what they're taught."
Berenice Dalrymple who worked closely with Eve commented that 'this approach has been very well received by the university staff across campus.'
A spokesman for Bath University said:
One of the good things about universities is having the freedom of speech to discuss equality and diversity openly. Our students are bright, curious and frequently challenge received wisdom – and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
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