Inquiry into racial harassment in higher education

Mar 15th, 2019 | By | Category: Further information

The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched an inquiry to understand the types of racial harassment experienced at publicly funded higher education institutions (HEIs), such as universities or higher education colleges. They wanted to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards. The call for evidence closed on 28 February 2019 and the responses are now being analysed.

Over a dozen ethnic minority academics have come forward with allegations of unlawfully being paid less than white colleagues doing similar jobs. Read their stories in this BBC article including UCU’s call for universities to work with us to tackle insecure contracts which disproportionately impact women and ethnic minority staff. A UCU report looking at the experience of black female professors is due for release soon.

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