Only 50 Black Professors in U.K. Universities

The U.K. higher-education system has 14,000 professors but very few of color.

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Out of more than 14,000 professors at U.K. universities, only 50 are black. Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency says black professors make up only 0.4 percent of all British professors. And of the 50 black professors, only 10 are women.

    From the Guardian:

    Heidi Mirza, an emeritus professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, is demanding new legislation to require universities to tackle discrimination.

    Laws brought in last month give employers, including universities, the option to hire someone from an ethnic minority if they are under-represented in their organisation and are as well-qualified for a post as other candidates. This is known as positive action. Mirza wants the law amended so that universities are compelled to use positive action in recruitment.

    She said there were too many "soft options" for universities and there needed to be penalties for those that paid lip-service to the under-representation of minorities. Positive discrimination, where an employer can limit recruitment to someone of a particular race or ethnicity, is illegal.

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