Minority ethnic staff
Addressing barriers to career development and progression experienced by minority ethnic staff.
ECU’s research into the experiences of black and minority ethnic staff working in higher education found that there are many barriers to development and progression.
- Experiences of black and minority ethnic staff working in higher education: literature review 2009
- Experiences of black and minority ethnic staff in HE in England
- Academic flight: how to encourage black and minority ethnic academics to stay in UK higher education
Our research found that staff members from minority ethnic backgrounds:
- can feel that their leadership ability is questioned
- assumptions are often made that they are in junior positions even when they occupy senior (eg professorial) roles
- have reported negative assumptions being made about their abilities
- report experiences of invisibility, isolation, marginalisation and racial discrimination in HE
- report experiencing heavy workloads, disproportionate levels of scrutiny compared with their white counterparts
- a lack of mentoring and support for career development, and difficulties in gaining promotion
- lecturers teaching in the areas of ‘race’, equality and multiculturalism report that these subjects are often designated as low status when performed by BME staff, yet they appear to acquire higher status when performed by white staff
- report having fewer opportunities to develop research capacity and enhance their promotion prospects