Date of release: Monday, April 18, 2016

‚ÄčProfessor Tracey ReynoldsThe experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) academics and professionals in higher education will be explored at the University of Greenwich on Thursday 28 April. 

BME speakers across the sector will share their personal stories and insights at the day-long symposium.

They will examine the extent to which BME staff are valued by their organisations, their work as mentors and role models, and their progression into senior posts.

Speakers include Dr Gurnam Singh and Dr Geraldine Brown (University of Coventry);  Professor Ijeoma F.Uchegbu (University College London); Dr Nicola Rollock (University of Birmingham); and Dr Akile Ahmet (London School of Economics).

Speakers from the University of Greenwich include Dr Edward Phillips; representatives of the university's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Champions; and Professor Tracey Reynolds, event co-organiser.

Professor Reynolds, a sociologist, is part of a tiny cohort of black, female professors in the UK. She says: "We often talk about the 'glass ceiling' for women in the workplace, but BME colleagues are faced with a 'concrete' ceiling – one that is especially impermeable for black women. 

"Facing subtle discrimination and unspoken prejudices, they are more likely to end up on short-term teaching and research contracts, overloaded with administration, with fewer promotion opportunities or routes to develop their research careers. Many of my peers have left academia – or the country – out of sheer frustration.

"Higher education institutions need to be more responsive, innovative and visionary in more proactively supporting and championing female and minority scholars to reach senior levels within the academy."

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The symposium is co-organised by Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng, Programme Leader, BA Sociology, in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities at the University of Greenwich.

Story by Public Relations 

Picture: Professor Tracey Reynolds.