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Academic flight: how to encourage black and minority ethnic academics to stay in UK higher education

Research into the push and pull factors causing black and minority ethnic (BME) academics to consider leaving the UK and what the UK higher education (HE) sector can do to entice them back.

Academic-flight-from-UK-education_RRThe research, commissioned by ECU and undertaken at the University of Southampton, calls for more action to halt the ‘leaky pipeline’ of BME academics from the UK. Our survey of 1201 academics working in the UK and overseas found that BME academics are significantly more likely to consider moving overseas in the hopes of furthering their careers than white academics.

The research aims to highlight the differences between ethnicities when considering a move overseas and understand why these differences occur as well as establish what higher education institutions can do to retain staff or entice them back to the UK once they have left. The research also aims to determine if the decision to move overseas comes at a particular moment in an individual academic’s career path.

The findings and recommendations focus on:

  • prioritising race equality
  • valuing diversity
  • addressing micro-aggressions, inequalities and subtle forms of racism
  • recruitment and promotion
  • coaching and mentoring
  • workload and development opportunities
  • networking and addressing isolation