We have taken the decision to remove the name of Sir John Cass from our Art, Architecture and Design School.
Date: 10 June 2020
Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, shared the following message with students and staff earlier today:
"Following consultation with the Students’ Union, staff, and our Board of Governors we have taken the decision to remove the name of Sir John Cass from our Art, Architecture and Design School. We recognise that the use of Sir John Cass’ name contributes to the redemption of a man without acknowledging the enormous pain he caused as a major figure in the early development of the slave trade, and the legacy of this pain. The use of his name is incompatible with our commitment to support the Black community and to actively oppose racism in all forms.
The School name will change in consultation with our students, staff, governors and alumni. Until we reach a decision, it will be known as The School of Art, Architecture and Design.
I apologise that we haven’t taken this step before now. We have a total commitment to oppose racism and should have addressed the name of the School sooner."