UNIVERSITIES ARE discriminating against ethnic minority academics in appointments and promotions, according to the first major study of racism in the higher education job market. Yet many of these establishments see themselves as bastions of liberalism where racism is not a problem, says the Policy Studies Institute report.
More than a quarter of Britain's 6,300 ethnic minority academics say they have experienced discrimination over job applications. Those with nine years service or more are only half as likely as their white peers to be professors.
The report, commissioned by vice-chancellors, unions and higher education funding councils, says Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and black Caribbeans are half as likely to have an academic job as whites. In contrast, Chinese and Africans are better represented than their population size in Britain. Ethnic minorities account for about six per cent of academic staff, compared with 15 per cent of students, and most are on short- term contracts. The percentage of non-white staff is highest in medical schools. The report, written by staff at Bristol University, concludes: "There is evidence to indicate that ethnic minority groups experience discrimination in applications for posts and promotions, harassment and negative stereotyping." Nearly one in five ethnic minority academics had been harassed by staff or students. But many universities appear not to realise there is a problem. …