Contrary to BBC Scotland scare story Scottish universities are the safest place for all of our children

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BBC Scotland reported today, broadcast, online and presumably on radio (SMS):

Racial harassment is a “common experience” for staff and students at Scottish universities, according to a new report.

As always, the report by young McIvor is confused and misleading. It’s only when we read and hear (perhaps):

Researchers heard from 571 staff and 845 students across the three nations.

that, once more we know this is a tiny self-selecting sample that probably tells us little of value.

There are around 430 000 staff at UK universities and 2 340 000 students so the response rates, even if it were a random sample, are 0.13% and 0.036%.

This report is less than useless.

Only after 28 paragraphs, do we hear that 11% of Scottish students have been ‘attacked’ as opposed to the overall rate of 24%. Why don’t we hear the actual number? Did, pro rata, less than 90 Scottish students respond? Did less than 10 report being attacked?

As for anti-English behaviour:

The report says there are also examples of anti-English sentiment expressed at Scottish universities. However, the report contains few specific details of this and suggests that particular problem is more commonplace in Wales.

So, really, statistically, there’s nothing here?

Nevertheless, this BBC report will have done some damage to the reputation of Scottish universities and, perhaps, worried some applicants and their families so here’s some balance:

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Almost all ethnic groups in Scotland experience significant fall in crime

June 8, 2019

From a parliamentary question, yesterday: Annie Wells (Glasgow) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government how many people from ethnic minorities have been victims of crime in each of the last five years, also broken down by…

More than 90% of members of all of Scotland’s ethnicities satisfied with Police Scotland performance

June 8, 2019

  In response to this parliamentary question: ‘Annie Wells (Glasgow) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on people from ethnic minorities’ (a) confidence in the police and (b) fear of crime, broken…

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3 thoughts on “Contrary to BBC Scotland scare story Scottish universities are the safest place for all of our children

  1. Sorry John wasn’t sure how to contact you but here is a small Talking Up Scotland Story.
    Scotland is far from perfect on Raptor Crime but it is trying. England is doing the opposite.

    Click to access Link_Annual_Wildlife_Crime_Report_2018.pdf

    ‘As a coalition we are concerned that levels of wildlife crime in England and Wales are not recorded or reported upon in the same manner as in Scotland.’
    ‘In 2011, provisions of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act amended the Wildlife and Countryside Act and placed a duty on Scottish ministers to produce an annual wildlife crime report.’
    ‘The Sentencing Council for Scotland are, however, engaged in the process of producing a wildlife crime guideline. We will liaise with Scottish Environment Link, anticipating that Scottish guidance might readily be transposed into guidance for England and Wales. ‘
    ‘Since 2011, Scotland has required that seals can only be taken under licence; this change in legislation has not been mirrored in England and Wales’
    ‘Matters to be addressed
    • Development of a Wildlife Crime App (like that produced by Partnership for Action against Wildlife crime in Scotland) and other guidance for reporting adequate details of marine mammal wildlife crime.’
    ‘Matters to be addressed
    We are calling on the government to:• Introduce a system of licensing for driven grouse shooting [Highly likely to be recommended in Scotland in upcoming Werritty Report]
    • Extend the independent review of grouse moor management underway in Scotland, to the rest of the UK
    • Ensure shoot owners and managers can be held accountable for the actions of their gamekeepers by extending the vicarious liability legislation employed in Scotland to the rest of the UK.’
    ‘Reporting of wildlife crime needs to be made easier, utilisation of a “wildlife crime app” as adopted in Scotland is one way in which this might be achieved’

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