Oxford University has suggested imperial measurements should be “decolonised” over links to the British Empire.
The mile, inch, yard, pound and ounce are “tied deeply to the idea of the Empire” and their presence in the curriculum could change, decolonising plans by Oxford’s maths, physics and life sciences faculty suggest.
Undergraduates have been recruited (on living wage) to conduct extensive research this summer, alongside scholars, into how Oxford’s science curricula can be made less “Eurocentric”.
Metric units being exactly as European and imperialist of course, just a different part of Europe and a different empire.
Plus, obviously, there’s not much left of the Imperial – our imperial – system left in a STEM course these days.