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Report finds lingering racism in British higher education

Lingering Racism in British Academe

April 11, 2013 – 3:00am


Elizabeth Gibney for Times Higher Education

Racism in British academe remains as prevalent as it was 20 years ago, the author of a study looking at the experiences of black and minority ethnic academics has said.

Of 65 academics interviewed for the study, the overwhelming majority said they had experienced some kind of racism, either direct or indirect. Only two said gender had had more of an impact on their careers than race.

Some respondents said that they felt they had to work “doubly hard” compared with white colleagues — ­ publishing more, submitting more grant applications and getting more international recognition ­ to be considered for promotion.

“If there are two people, one an ethnic minority, one a [white] English person vying for the same job, I believe they’ll take the English person, unless the ethnic minority is doing much more, at a higher level,” said one

interviewee for the study

via Report finds lingering racism in British higher education | Inside Higher Ed.


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