Magazine article Times Higher Education

Network to Help End 'Isolation' of Black Postdocs

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Network to Help End 'Isolation' of Black Postdocs

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Two postdoctoral students are setting up a network to help overcome the "isolation" that black and minority ethnic PhD candidates may feel in the academy.

One of the students, Monique Charles, from the University of Warwick, said that the network was a "good idea", especially in light of discussions about the isolation of black scholars "rumbling informally" throughout higher education.

The national network will be the UK's first to target help for doctoral students of colour. It will be linked with the US-based Black Doctoral Network, an established group with about 4,000 members worldwide.

"Hopefully this new network will challenge any negative stereotypes of black and minority ethnic people and show that they can be successful academics," Ms Charles said.

Ms Charles and Antoinette Kwegan, a doctoral student at Queen Mary University of London, decided to found the initiative after visiting the annual conference of the Black Doctoral Network in Pennsylvania last October.

The UK body will offer mentoring and share information about scholarships and grants. …

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