A joint statement from the Student President team.
We are aware of comments on social media over the weekend about the naming of a lecture theatre after Jenni Murray and her attendance at a Women in Leadership event this evening.
We stand with our trans students and the wider trans community in their right to identify however they wish. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Trans rights are human rights.
We oppose the naming of a lecture theatre after Jenni Murray and will no longer be supporting the event this evening. We do not believe that someone who holds these views should be presented as role model to students and are disappointed that despite being aware of Jenni’s published views and our stance, the University are continuing with the naming event.
We have all signed a motion to oppose the naming of the lecture theatre which has been submitted by a student to Union Council. We will be actively lobbying the University to reverse their decision.
We are not calling for tonight’s Women in Leadership event to be cancelled as we believe that Jenni Murray’s views should be debated and challenged. We support the aims of this event and believe in championing our fantastic Alumnae. Details of the event are here https://culturenet.co.uk/events/hull-alumni-women-in-leadership
You can share your views with us by emailing [email protected] or on our social media channels. To share your support of the motion to oppose the naming of the lecture theatre you can attend Union Council on Monday 10th December at 6.30pm in meeting room 1, Student Central.
This statement has been released with the support and inclusion of Jess Clunan, Chair of Union Council and Phoebe Bastiani, Women’s Officer.
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