St Andrews University students' must 'pass' diversity module to study there

St Andrews University students' must 'pass' diversity module to study there

Students have blasted St Andrews University for enforcing diversity modules before they are accepted on courses.

The institution in Fife, Scotland, which topped the Good University Guide this year, said prospective students had to accept 'personal guilt'.

They 'pass' by giving certain answers to compulsory questions on sustainability, consent and good academic practice.

It comes as a raft of schools, universities and companies bow to pressure to run the controversial training programmes.

Britons are being forced to take courses on anti-bullying, anti-racism and climate change despite questions over whether they work.

St Andrews' modules ask students to agree with sentences such as: 'Acknowledging your personal guilt is a useful start point in overcoming unconscious bias.'

If a pupil tick that they 'disagree' they are 'incorrect' and are forced to redo the course if they get too many 'wrong'.

Another question in the tests reportedly says: 'Does equality mean treating everyone the same?'

But students who put yes are sent the message: 'That's not right, in fact equality may mean treating people differently and in a way that is appropriate to their needs so that they have fair outcomes and equal opportunity.'

Another part of the test says: 'It is important to think about and understand our own prejudices and stereotypes so we don't treat someone else unfairly or inappropriately.'

The Scottish University is not the first to move towards these courses, with Kent also making students complete bizarre induction training.