Multiculturalism – is it dead?

By Dr Katharina Lefringhausen With Brexit supporters asking for migration reduction and hate crimes reaching a peak of 41% after the Brexit referendum in July 2016 (1), we will discuss the question at the upcoming SIETAR UK event: Is multiculturalism dead? To evaluate the vitality status of multiculturalism, we need to consider what we mean…

Our first SIETAR UK supper club – Indian experience

Food is a delicious part of any culture. And so what better way to experience different cultures than by letting your taste buds travel the globe. That’s why we’ve launched our SIETAR UK supper club on 30 January 2017 with a special dinner at Bangalore Express City. The event started off with a brief introduction to…

Christmas Around the World

It’s Christmaaaaaas! Well okay, it’s nearly Christmas. Whether this time of year fills you with excitement as you cover the house in fairy lights, prepare the mince pies and spend time with loved ones, or fills you with dread as you trudge around the shops, spend your hard earned money and spend time with loved…

The Great British Cultural Challenge – celebrating our diversity

The Great British Bake Off final was the big news this week, attracting a record audience of over 14 million viewers. The battle for the Bake Off crown provides people with a bit of welcome light relief from some of the more serious battles going on in the world today. It makes people feel good…

How to convince conservative locals to accept multiculturalism?

Valerie Cheong Took summarises our 2016 April event The constant inflow of refugees into Europe has created a huge debate amongst European political leaders.  It is also one of the main reasons why UK is looking to exit the European Union. Gaining back control of its borders, a number of British political leaders hope that…

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Networking Skills

Valerie Cheong Took summarises our 2016 June event SIETAR UK hosted its monthly networking event last week. It is always a pleasure to attend those events to reconnect with other existing members and to meet new ones. Matthew Hill was invited to share his wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to networking. Networking…

Building intercultural bridges after Brexit

Post ‘Brexit’ Britain needs an intercultural perspective to help shape its future, to build bridges across divisions in its society, to unite communities and to celebrate diversity and the cultural differences which bring great benefits to this country. In the climate of collective culture shock following the ‘Brexit’ vote, many people report that they suddenly do…

In or out? How interculturalists predict a truly British vote

 It’s all the media has been talking about lately. Although campaigning was suspended briefly as a mark of respect after the terrible loss of Jo Cox stunned the nation, it’s in these last days before the referendum that both sides need to make their case if they want to win. Whether you want to leave, remain…

Internationalising HE – Reflections for a new academic year

As Higher Education (HE) enters a new academic year and doors are thrown open for a new intake of overseas students, plans for the next academic year are already under discussion up and down the country. This presents us with an ideal time to reflect on the challenges that continue to make internationalisation increasingly difficult….