Less than 1 per cent of the university professors around the UK are black
The University of Lincoln has released figures showing that among their academic staff “15% are from BAME backgrounds but this figure has been increasing over the coming years.”
A spokesperson for the university added: “We welcome more than 100 different nationalities represented across our staff and student community. Diversity enriches our teaching, student experience and research, bringing a variety perspectives and experiences.”
This statistic is no anomaly as an article
using HESA data
calculated that 0.7 percent of professional staff working at UK universities are black compared to 87 percent white.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS)
released in 2018, that state funded schools employed 85.9 percent white British staff. They also showed 92.9 percent of headteachers in England were also white British.
The importance of these statistics aligns with the Black Lives Matter movement which has seen protests across America and the UK in response to the death of George Floyd.
Protests in London over the past week
In response to the movement, the University of Lincoln took part in the Black Out Tuesday posts, where Instagram users posted a black screen to show solidarity to the injustice black people face.
“This Thursday, 4th June, at 9.25am the University of Lincoln and the Students’ Union will make a collective gesture of unity, support and solidarity and will Kneel for Black Lives for 5 minutes. Join us, wherever you are in the world, and kneel and together we will make a statement that #BlackLivesMatter.