Blacks Are Only a Tiny Percentage of Faculty at British Universities

In the United States blacks make up about 5 percent of all full-time faculty at colleges and universities. There has been very little progress in increasing the percentage of black faculty over the past decades.

But as bad as the situation is here in the U.S., in the United Kingdom the small numbers of black faculty is striking. A recent survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency found just 50 black professors among the 140,000 faculty members at British universities. Only 10 of the 50 black faculty are women. Blacks make up about 0.4 percent of all faculty. Whereas, blacks are about 2.8 percent of the population in England and Wales.

The University of Birmingham was the only British university with more than two black British professors with black Caribbean or black African backgrounds. Only six of the 133 British universities had more than two black professors with British citizenship or from foreign nations.