According to data from the Higher Education Agency, UK Universities are falling short in ethnic diversity in the process of hiring academic and non academic workers.
Only a quarter of the 535 employed academic staff in UK universities top managerial positions could identify as Asian,and colored while data shows no black representation. Furthermore, out of 11,860 employed non–academic workers, only 185 are black and 625 identified as mixed, Asian or from other cultures.
The problem does not only exist in top roles but also in other roles where Asians and blacks and mixed race people are overwhelmingly underrepresented. Out of 216,530 academic staff working in professional capacities like associate professors, technical instructors and clerical jobs, only 4140 of them could be identified as black origin and 130 of them from Asia.
The figures indicate inadequate ethnic representation in the UK Universities showing that blacks were the most severely affected by underrepresentation among other races.England’s higher education minister Chris Skidmore, said that it was unfathomable that the number of black staff in the senior positions in universities had declined and did not depict the Britons’ culture.
Diversification in UK universities to lead to better education results
Skidmore urged UK universities to address the existing barriers that withheld black people from attaining senior capacities in their institutions.
To add on that, Skidmore reiterated that the transparent representation of Britain at senior levels supported the progress of black staff while improving students well–being. Diversity in ethnic representation is vital across the UK universities faculties.
According to research, learners who have instructors from the same race as them are most likely to look up to the instructors as mentors leading to achievements of higher goals in life. A report from the National viewpoint underlines the importance of diversified hiring in institutions of higher learning because students feel secure in knowing a person at senior most level of authority in their institution holds best interests for them.
Diversified faculties and student leadership bodies aid the learners in achieving their set education goals.
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