From: “Sam Khan-McIntyre” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: April 26, 2014 4:20:46 PM
Aberdeen University RegistryKings college
Dear Sir / Madam,I would like to make the same complaint as Dr marline John of racial discrimination at Aberdeen, with regard to grades offered to non-white students compared to white students. In my experience at Aberdeen as as undergraduate in the Arts Faculty, various tutors had made my life unnecessarily, difficult, in terms of grades ; despite my having done well, having to repeat certain exams or essays. (and on occasion putting up with their rudeness) even though I completed all the required workload etc; It had come to my attention that overall asian and black students work harder than the white students. These white students often admit they haven’t studied, but are spending most of their time on various leisure actives instead.
Therefore I cannot see how these white students would reach certain target grades, without the use of racial discrimination and and grade fixing that Dr John mentions (see below).I would also like to include a complaint about a number of fellow postgraduate friends, not white, who as John states, are denied their postgraduate degree due to the colour of their skin and nothing else.Many such students are afraid to protest, for fear of reprisals, as john suggests, and I am also protesting on their behalf. this matter needs to be investigated and the students compensated.having received top grades in School for my GCSES and then having attended another prestigious university prior to Aberdeen I am well aware of the grades I am likely to get in terms of the work undertaken, so It is clear to me how the system at Aberdeen functions an a racially discriminatory way.
Student makes vow over race case at university
Updated on the20January
Published 20/01/2010 19:34
Aberdeen, Oct 24: An Indian student has accused Scotland’s Aberdeen University of racial discrimination. The 35-year-old female student, who hails from Bangalore, Karnataka, and was studying for a post-graduate degree in medical molecular genetics at the university, has alleged that undergraduates at the university are given marks ‘based on the colour of their skin’ and that university staff have made racial remarks about Asian students. According to The Scotsman, she lodged a complaint of racial discrimination with the university authorities after she failed her exams. She also lodged a formal complaint with the Indian High Commission in London. She originally made the complaints in summer, but details of her allegations were only made public yesterday after being published in a Bangalore newspaper. In her complaint to the Indian High Commissioner, the student alleges, “They (Indian students] are deliberately given the lowest marks in the class, depending on how the rest of the Caucasians and the programme supervisors’ favourite students in the class perform academically. If a Caucasian student does badly, he/she is given an Indian student’s marks.” “Indian students are deliberately given wrong advice concerning academics to prevent them from progressing academically. They are either kept in the dark or given inaccurate information on issues related to academics. I am facing racial and equality discrimination in this university. Many Indian students currently studying here are also affected but they are afraid to protest, as they fear vengeful action from the university,” she added. A spokeswoman for Aberdeen university said, “The university can confirm it has received a complaint of racial discrimination from a student. This is currently under investigation in line with the university’s policy on student complaints. We hope to conclude this matter promptly.”
Student in discrimination appeal
An Indian student who accused the University of Aberdeen of racial discrimination is to appeal after her complaint was rejected.
Dr Marline John was studying for a postgraduate degree in genetics.
She claimed that staff had made racial remarks about Asian students, and she had suffered discrimination in the marks she was awarded.
The university found no evidence on the racial claims but apologised for course “shortcomings” and delays in the case.