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Black Female Professors call for action on representation

March 14, 2017

The Black Female Professors Forum marked International Women’s Day by celebrating black women in academia, but also by highlighting the lack of female professors in UK higher education institutions (HEI).

Their research – which is in the early stages – has so far identified 54 Black female professors in UK academia, though they acknowledge there is likely to be more.  According to 2015/16 data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency there are a total of 19,975 professors in the UK; 4,775 of whom are women.

The Forum has written to Vice-Chancellors across the UK to request they:

  • Reflect on the contributions of black women in their institutions
  • Consider how their institutions can address a lack of representation of black women; such as through a programme of accelerated mentoring to prepare for application to Grade 10
  • Call upon the Black Female Professors Forum for assistance in order to address this issue

For more information about the Forum and its work please contact Professor Iyiola Solanke at Leeds University:

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