University nursing lecturer struck off for mocking Sikh's turban

University nursing lecturer who mocked his Sikh colleague for wearing a turban by asking ‘where’s your hat?’ is struck off

  • Maurice Slaven has been stripped of his nursing license for racial harassment
  • He repeatedly mocked a Sikh colleague’s faith and called his turban a ‘bandage’
  • Mr Slaven being struck off ends a 22-year career for the former RAF man

A nursing lecturer has been struck off after repeatedly mocking his Sikh colleague’s turban.

Maurice Slavan, a child nursing lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, repeatedly degraded his colleague’s traditional headdress as a ‘hat’ and a ‘bandage’ and referred to Sikhs as ‘you lot’.

Mr Slaven has now been stripped of his nursing license by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – ending a 22-year career for the former RAF man.

The former nurse had worked at NHS hospitals in the past and mocked the founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nanak.

Cambridge-based Slaven is understood to have qualified as a children’s nurse in 1997 in Edinburgh.

He racially harassed ‘Colleague 1’, a senior nursing lecturer, at Anglia Ruskin University for over two years between October 2016 and December 2018, the NMC tribunal heard.

Mr Slaven racially harassed ‘Colleague 1’, a senior nursing lecturer, at Anglia Ruskin University (pictured) for over two years

The offensive lecturer, who has worked at NHS hospitals across the country, claimed it was ‘banter between friends’.

Referring to Colleague 1’s turban, Slaven said ‘why aren’t you wearing your bandage?’ and also asked ‘where’s your hat?’, before insisting ‘no, it’s a hat’ when his co-worker corrected him.

Slaven told Colleague 1 ‘you seem to take all the religious holidays off, and even Christmas and that’s not your holiday’ and ‘you lot, Sikhs, have all these religious holidays’.

When discussing a charity appeal for toys for Sikh children, Slaven said: ‘What Sikh Toys? Do you mean daggers, knives and swords?’

He once stated: ‘Me and Guru Nanak are best buddies, I know him really well and he said he’ll be dressing up as Father Christmas this year.’

He also once remarked ‘Indians came to the UK in a banana boat’.

Slaven admitted the charges but did not attend the hearing.

A tribunal report said: ‘[The NMC] considered the misconduct to be serious because Mr Slaven was in a position of trust teaching future nursing professionals.

‘He was required to be a role model for students and staff, and his behaviour towards Colleague 1 represented a significant departure from the standards expected of a nurse.

‘Mr Slaven held a position of influence over future nurses.

‘Colleague 1 expressed fear for ‘ethnic minority students who could be unfavoured by him in terms of teaching’.’

On an online profile for Slaven on the Anglia Ruskin University website, it states one of his research interests is investigating religion and death.

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