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'Everyday Racism' - by Owen Jones, Head of Education at HOPE Not Hate

Organiser: Catherine Butler

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

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UCU at the University of Kent host:


Everyday Racism 

by Owen Jones, Head of Education at

HOPE Not Hate


Wednesday 29th November 2017

from 1 - 2 pm in Jennison Lecture Theatre (JLT)



HOPE not hate is an advocacy group based in the United Kingdom that "campaigns to counter racism and fascism", and to "combine first class research with community organising and grassroots actions to defeat hate groups at elections and to build community resilience against extremism."

It was created in 2004 by Nick Lowles and is backed by various politicians and celebrities and has been backed by several trade unions.

Following the Brexit vote, the number of hate crimes recorded by regional police forces in the UK rose by up to 100% and in the county of Kent, the figures were up by 60%.  There has been a rise in the number of racially and religiously-motivated crimes reported to police, including assualts and arson.  Community groups representing EI nationals in the UK have warned about the potential for an undercurrent of xenophobia to spread as talks with Brussels get underway regarding Brexit. 

The head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, has also said he is 'hugely concerned' about a backlash against European citizens as the Governments EU withdrawal negotiations take place. 



Owen Jones started his career as President of the University of Leicester Students’ Union. There he oversaw the running of the democratic operations and conducted the Union’s priority campaigns. He managed a team of six senior staff and was responsible for 400 employees and a £3m operational budget. He tripled membership engagement and moblised their largest campaign for 90 years as well as being a key member of a project implementation team on a £15m rebuild.

Owen then moved onto the National Union of Students Services Limited (NUSSL), as a Non-Executive Director and chaired the Environment & Ethics Committee. He oversaw one of the largest behavioural change campaigns in the UK, and its subsequential expansion into the EU, Scandinavia and North America. He was involved with the strategic decision making of the £120 turnover company and the largest seller of licensed drinks in England.

Following this he became Senior Organiser for HOPE not hate Charitable Trust, the UK’s largest anti-racism charity. The focus of his work was to create, develop and execute community projects in sixteen target areas that aimed to bring the local residents together, peaceful around a common issue. This could be anything from organising mother’s meetings to family festivals. 

He had responsibility for identifying potential partnerships with local community groups and individuals that would help HNH gain the trust of the local residents and become a leading stakeholder within the area. The gaining of trust was of upmost importance to the whole campaign as HPH needed local residents to listen and take on board messaging which might be contrary to their own beliefs.  Owen took responsibly for the local strategy in these target areas, for example, who to approach and which demographic to target -  most often, disaffected white working class groups.

Owen is now Head of Education at HOPE not hate, where he runs workshops in schools across England and Wales for 9-18 year olds.  His aim is to educate them about how inequality, power and discrimination are linked and how by these factors going unchecked are preventing society becoming as open and inclusive as we would like it to be.


Event open to staff from the University of Kent and Christ Church Canterbury University (non-UCU staff members also very welcome) plus PhD students.

We ask that guests arrive at the Jennison building on the Canterbury campus for a prompt 1 pm start.  

We are indebted to the Kent Branch of UCU in being able to support this event. 

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for marketing purposes. 

Do you have questions about 'Everyday Racism' - by Owen Jones, Head of Education at HOPE Not Hate? Contact Organiser: Catherine Butler

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The School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Jennison Building
University of Kent
CT2 7NT Canterbury
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

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Organiser: Catherine Butler

Catherine Butler | External Services Officer BA (Hons)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Rep, Harassment Contact and UCU Branch Equality Officer

Professional Services Administration Centre  

School of Engineering and Digital Arts 

Jennison Building  

University of Kent  


T: +44 (0)1227 823251 

Follow me on Twitter:  @CatBUniKent




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