Only one in four professors are women

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Only one in four professors at UK universities in 2016/17 were women and of these 91.6% were white, with only 8.4% identifying as BME, according to analysis by Advance HE.

The analysis by Advance HE, formerly the Equality Challenge Unit, are based on data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency. They also showed that:

  • The degree attainment gap between BME undergraduate qualifiers and white undergraduate qualifiers decreased from 15.0 percentage points in 2015/16 to 13.6 percentage points in 2016/17.
  • Overall, 12.0% of UK students disclosed as disabled in 2016/17, with one in five of disabled students reporting a mental health condition.
  • Since 2003/04, the proportion of HE staff disclosing as disabled has more than doubled from 2.2% in 2003/04 to 4.9% in 2016/17.

Gary Loke, Advance HE Director of Knowledge, Insights, Innovation and Delivery, said: “Over the past 11 years of producing these reports, we have seen small but consistent improvements in a number of equality areas, such as gradual reductions in the average gender and ethnicity pay gaps among academic staff, and the narrowing of the BME attainment gap.

While this is encouraging, the persistence of these issues and those related to other protected characteristics such as disability, gender reassignment and sexual orientation remind us that there is still a great deal of room for improvement.”

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