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Nick Cartwright

Law lecturer, equality activist, Dad

Nick Cartwright is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Northampton and a Director of Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council. He’s a committed trade unionist - serving as Branch Secretary - passionate about equality in education, and Dad, awarded ‘best dad in the world’ socks two Christmas’ running. He’s been a lone parent, philosophy student, anti-supermarket campaigner and Boy Scout. He has researched and published on assisted dying and public international law and now focuses on equality in higher education, which is the subject of his PhD.
Why We Need Anti-Discrimination

Why We Need Anti-Discrimination Groups

Despite me not getting full satisfaction I would strongly encourage everyone to discuss their experiences of discrimination or hate with their local anti-discrimination organisation and if you haven't experienced them that you get in touch and ask how you can help.
14/08/2017 12:45 BST
The Importance Of Qualifications Frameworks: Reflections From Bosnia And

The Importance Of Qualifications Frameworks: Reflections From Bosnia And Herzegovina

I am enjoying being in the company of those who recognise the opportunities that a qualifications framework creates and proud that I am able to offer my support as Bosnia and Herzegovina attempts to realise those opportunities. I am worried though that in the UK we have got so used to having the FHEQ that we have become complacent as to its importance, we must all guard against this.
25/01/2017 13:14 GMT
United To Defend Education: Why Socialism Is Not The

United To Defend Education: Why Socialism Is Not The Answer

Saturday 19 November saw 15,000 students and lecturers join together to march in defence of education and rally to speeches from student leaders, academics, union activists and journalists queueing up to tell us why we should tell our government to "TEF Off!" I'm proud to say that I was there, standing shoulder to shoulder with my brothers, sisters and what Malia Bouattia, president of the NUS, called our "non-binary siblings".
22/11/2016 12:20 GMT
My Poppy Is Political, Get Over

My Poppy Is Political, Get Over It!

Let us all wear our poppies with pride and make our act of remembrance a deeply political one so that it becomes an act that reminds of the past so that we have a better future. Let's make sure that the sacrifices made by so many were not futile.
03/11/2016 11:18 GMT
5k For Equal Pay

5k For Equal Pay Day

As the gender pay gap closes Equal Pay Day gets later and later in the year - I pledge to run my 5k every year in the week around Equal Pay Day until I've ran it on New Year's Eve!
19/10/2016 12:35 BST
The Gender Pay Gap Is Not A Myth - It's A Shameful

The Gender Pay Gap Is Not A Myth - It's A Shameful Truth

I do wonder what if there was no gender pay gap, would the expectation still fall on women to take breaks from their careers to care for children or older relatives? Giving up the lower salary is the sensible option but think of what a difference it would make if the lower salary wasn't usually the women's salary.
05/10/2016 17:22 BST
English Law on Euthanasia Needs

English Law on Euthanasia Needs Clarifying

I am not, on this occasion, calling for the legalisation of physician assisted dying. The point I am trying to make is that English law is a mess which leads to secretive practices and a lack of clarity. Wherever the law decides to draw the line between what is lawful and what isn't that line should be clearly drawn so we all know with certainty what our rights are.
26/09/2016 15:45 BST
Gove's Re-whiting of

Gove's Re-whiting of Knowledge

Gove saw the fallacy of New Labour's claim that knowledge had only instrumental value and took the opportunity to give a Conservative answer to the question what counts as knowledge which is now entrenched in Britain's educational policies and structures.
03/08/2016 11:04 BST
Blaming Blair for Gove's Educational

Blaming Blair for Gove's Educational Policies

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education from 2010 - 2014, saw the fallacy of the claim that knowledge had only instrumental value and took the opportunity to give a Conservative answer to the question 'what counts as knowledge' which is now, sadly, entrenched in Britain's educational policies and structures.
27/07/2016 12:48 BST
We Are Striking in Defence of Higher

We Are Striking in Defence of Higher Education

I am taking part in industrial action because by asking us to do more for less our employers are ruining the experiences of our students and because I can see the unfairness of my employer employing the majority of men (52%) on permanent, full-time contracts, whilst the majority of women (56.4%) are in casualised employment. I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with colleagues and students in defence of higher education and to make it clear that casualisation and pay inequality are not acceptable.
19/05/2016 17:19 BST
Universities Should Be Dangerous Places, But Not

Universities Should Be Dangerous Places, But Not Yet

For me the debate about whether the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford should be removed encapsulates the crux of the debate and whilst many recognise that there are things to be commended in the arguments made on both sides I find myself agreeing with both sides, at the same time.
21/01/2016 11:15 GMT
UN Human Rights Day: Why Human Rights

UN Human Rights Day: Why Human Rights Matter

If you see what I see, but you don't feel what I feel, and you're happy to shrug your shoulders and unquestioningly enjoy your comfortable and privileged existence - because if you're able to sit in the warm and read this on a computer you're one of a very, very lucky few - then I'm sorry but I don't have the words to explain to you why human rights matter.
10/12/2015 12:41 GMT