Black and ethnic minority university staff continue to face disadvantage

Measures to promote race equality in higher education have had very “little impact”.

Speaking at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in April, Andrew Pilkington, professor of sociology at University of Northampton, said the impact of race equality initiatives in academic recruitment under the Labour government had been “short-lived”.

In an article by Times Higher Education, it is argued that diversity issues have “fallen down the agenda” in the last ten years. Priority has arguably been focused on gender equality rather than reducing racial disadvantage.

Professor Pilkington continues that, “evidence [pointed] to failures in data gathering and target setting, [which] suggests that many universities have not taken equal opportunities policies seriously”.

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