In October 2017, a student submitted an idea to the Guild’s Change It platform asking for the University to consider changing the name of Gladstone Halls. After garnering both support for and opposition to this proposal, the idea was sent to campus-wide ballot for students decide whether this was something they wanted to take forward. Students voted to keep the name but to ask the University to put up a plaque to outline Gladstone’s connections to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The wording for this plaque was still being finalised in May 2020 when, in response to the murder of George Floyd, there were renewed calls from the student body to change the name of the Halls. After meeting with students and the Guild’s Student Officer team, Vice Chancellor Dame Janet Beer made the decision to remove the name.
Read more about the campaign and why it’s more important than ever in Adnan’s blog