London’s City University B-School is Renamed After Slavery Link

City, University of London will change the name of its business school to Bayes Business School, after finding its former namesake had garnered some of his wealth from the slave trade.

The school had been named 18 years ago to honor Sir John Cass, following a donation by his eponymous foundation, which gives money for educational purposes. But during the Black Lives Matters protests last July, Cass’s name was dropped because of his links to slavery.

Following consultation with students and alumni, the school will be renamed after a different 18th century figure -- theologian and mathematician Thomas Bayes whose “theorem suggests that we get closer to the truth by constantly updating our beliefs in proportion to the weight of new evidence,” the university said in a statement on Wednesday.

City will also introduce measures to improve diversity, including making funding available to five PhD scholarships for Black British students and launching a 10-year long scholarship program for Black U.K. students from 2022/3.

The department will continue to be referred to as The Business School (formerly Cass) until September.

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