Equal rights campaigner Trevor Philips brands Cambridge University 'bizarre'

Equal rights campaigner Trevor Philips brands Cambridge University 'bizarre' for appointing a white academic to oversee its study into the institution's historic links with slavery University of Cambridge launched a two-year study in to their role in slave trade Professor Martin Millett, a white specialist in Roman archaeology will lead it  Campaigner Trevor Philips branded the decision 'bizarre' on Today programme

By Emer Scully For Mailonline

Published: 13:23 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 13:25 BST, 3 May 2019

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A white professor who specialises in Roman archaeology has been chosen to oversee a study in to the University of Cambridge's role in the slave trade. 

Professor Martin Millett will head a two-year investigation in what the university described as a bid 'to acknowledge its role during that dark phase of human history'.    

But Trevor Philips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said it was 'bizarre' the university had not given the job to a black academic.

And he said Cambridge would be making a more useful contribution by commissioning research into modern-day problems faced by people from ethnic minorities, such as discrimination resulting from the use of artificial intelligence.

Trevor Philips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said it was 'bizarre' the university had not given the job to a black academic. Pictured in 2014

Trevor Philips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said it was 'bizarre' the university had not given the job to a black academic. Pictured in 2014

Mr Philips told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'It is bizarre that, if they are trying to send a signal about what they are like, they couldn't find a black academic to lead this.

'That would have sent a great signal to the world that

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