Academic Race Reports

The Broken Pipeline 2019

Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding – a report by Paulette Williams, Sukhi Bath, Dr. Jason Arday and Chantelle Lewis

This report examines the link between the BME attainment gap at undergraduate level, and students' experiences when seeking council-funded postgraduate research.

The report analyses key contributing factors across the higher education sector that affect Black students’access to research council funding including inequality and structural racism. It reveals that sector wide discrimination and bias continue to play a significant role in restricting access to funding and in consequence limiting the number of Black PhD students and academics in the UK.

The report further highlights a disconcerting figure: over a three year period just 1.2% of the 19,868 studentships awarded by all UKRI research councils went to Black or Black Mixed students and only 30 of those were from Black Caribbean background.

“We can see that there have been improvements overall in undergraduate recruitment numbers over the years, with many Black students going on to pursue taught postgraduate programmes,” says Paulette Williams founder of Leading Routes. “However, progress tails off dramatically at postgraduate research level – particularly when it comes to Black PhD students securing funding from research councils. We need an intervention that is supported at a national level to address this issue.”

You can read the report here

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