A statement from Arden University's Vice-Chancellor and CEO Carl Lygo in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
"The death of George Floyd in America has caused distress and anger around the world and some of our staff and students have asked me what Arden University’s position on this matter is.
We recognise that many of our community feel let down by our silence on this matter, and for this we apologise. As a University we have an important part to play in providing education which creates a better future, therefore, it was important to us that we provided our community with a considered response.
We at Arden formed this University to give opportunity to those who would not normally have access to higher education. As a University which welcomes students and staff from around the world, we draw strength from our own incredible, diverse community.
We condemn all violence, hatred and prejudice based on the colour of a person’s skin. There is no room for racism in a civilised society. We stand in solidarity with our Black community and #BlackLivesMatter movement in the fight against racism.
As a university we are committed to honouring the outstanding achievements of individuals who demonstrate the values of Arden University in their work and their character.
We’re proud to have recently awarded honorary doctorates to Michael Fuller, the first and only black Chief Constable in the UK, whose autobiography details the awful prejudice and racism he faced in his rise to the top of the police force.
Our second honorary doctorate was awarded to the legendary ska singer Neville Staple (The Specials) whose most recent work has been campaigning against knife crime following the tragic death of his grandson.
As an education provider, we are committed to elevating the voices of the Black community. We invite our students and staff to use the Arden University’s platform to educate and drive forward social change by sharing your story, resources or information with us. Share with us at email@example.com."