…and the extinction of our own culture continues apace. So much for ‘diversity’.
- University is trying to be sensitive to views of its 30,000 students – 20 per cent of whom are Muslim
PUBLISHED: 14:55 GMT, 12 April 2012 | UPDATED: 15:00 GMT, 12 April 2012
A university is considering ending the sale of alcohol on campus due to concerns from Muslim students.
London Metropolitan University could take action because a ‘high percentage’ of its students thought drinking was ‘immoral’, according to its vice chancellor.
Professor Malcolm Gillies raised the prospect of an alcohol-free campus after gauging the changing values from the influx of new students.
He said it would be unwise to ‘cling’ to a ‘nostalgic’ view where the vast majority wanted alcohol to be available and instead take account of diverging views.
He told MailOnline: ‘I was raising the issue of changing values in student populations and the question of how a responsible university responds.
‘London Metropolitan University is a highly diverse university ethnically and in religious terms. ‘
‘Our students come from all over the world and they come with changing balance of values.
‘So the issue of how we cater for those values while still remaining true to being a British university is one of the constant issues any responsible university would be considering.
‘We do have a high percentage of Muslim students – we estimate it may be around 20 per cent for our university.
‘And therefore as most Muslims do look on drink as something which isn’t an acceptable part of everyday life, seeing how do we provide an environment that can respect that, while also respecting values of people such as me who do drink, and who believe drink in moderation is acceptable part – in fact sometimes a good part – of a social community.’