No equality for black and minority ethnic academics – Study
Research by the University and College Union (UCU) found that BME university staff faced a pay gap of 9% compared with their white colleagues, and black staff a 14% gap. Black academic staff are also severely under-represented in the most senior academic roles, according to the UCU. One in nine white academic staff (11%) hold top positions as professors, compared with one in 33 (3%) of their black counterparts.
Professor Kalwant Bhopal, the deputy director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education at the University of Birmingham, said: “These findings are very depressing. They are not new but should be a wake-up call for universities … If universities are serious about inclusion, social justice and equality then surely the time has come for the race equality charter to be mandatory and directly linked to research funding – and for universities to address the perpetuation and reinforcement of white privilege that continues in higher education.”
Full report on The Guardian site