Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Most BME Staff 'Face Bullying from Managers'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Most BME Staff 'Face Bullying from Managers'

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Most ethnic minority staff in higher education face bullying, harassment and racially insensitive comments in the workplace, a survey suggests.

Around seven out of 10 black and minority ethnic staff working at universities (72 per cent) who responded to a University and College Union poll said they had been subject to bullying and harassment from senior managers.

Just over two-thirds (69 per cent) said they had faced harassment from colleagues and 86 per cent said they experienced culturally insensitive comments either often or sometimes.

One respondent to the poll, which elicited responses from 631 UCU members in post-16 education, said racist language used by staff had "gone unchallenged".

Other potentially racist behaviours were less overt, according to some of the 446 higher education staff quoted by the UCU in its report, titled The experiences of black and minority ethnic staff in further and higher education, which was published on 4 February.

One university teaching assistant said they were annoyed that it is "assum[ed] that a person with a black face is foreign and not British". …

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