Race, Racism and Resistance in British Academia
In 21st century Britain, racial inequality remains deeply embedded in the fabric of society (cf. Institute for Public Policy Research 2010) and especially so within academia, where White racial power and privilege is accurately encapsulated in the term ‘ivory tower’(cf. Schick 2000). With the exception of academics of Indian and Chinese descent; people of colour from other ethnic groups remain under-represented in academia in proportion to their populations in the UK, especially at senior levels. For example, academics from the Black British population account for only 1.48% of total academic staff and 0.45% of professors. But when gender is factored in, the disparities are even more pronounced, as only 0.1% of all professors are Black females.
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