Is the importance of female role models in science overstated?

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures and was incredibly moved by the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who worked at Nasa during the space race of the 1960s. These women, originally employed as human computers in the coloured section at Nasa, became trail-blazers in their fields of mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science, breaking not only gender but also racial stereotypes of the time …” (more)

[Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Irish Times, 23 March]

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‘Generational schism’ on race lines could cut public support for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2016 by steve

USA“‘Racial sensitivity’ among older white voters could cut public support for higher education spending in places where the university-age population is increasingly ethnically diverse, a California study has suggested, raising questions about the future of public university funding in North America and Europe …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 January]

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Beyond the CAO points race: Irish colleges need to address issues of access and diversity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Criticism of the points system as the sole basis for entry to third level education has grown in recent years as rote learning and special tuition courses became the norm and inherent weaknesses emerged … ” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 October]

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Why I Left Academia: Philosophy’s Homogeneity Needs Rethinking

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Philosophy is predominantly white and predominantly male. This homogeneity exists in almost all aspects and at all levels of the discipline. The philosophical canon, especially in so-called ‘analytic’ departments, consists almost exclusively of dead, white men …” (more)

[Eugene Park, Huffington Post, 3 September]

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Black, female and postgraduate: why I cannot be the only one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2013 by steve

“Today’s PhD students are tomorrow’s academics, says Janine Bradbury. So are we happy with how our future’s looking? …” (more)

[Janine Bradbury, Guardian Professional, 3 May]

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‘Small’ Russell Group racial bias in admissions: Ucas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Students from ethnic minorities are less likely to be offered a place at a leading research-intensive university than white pupils with the same A-level grades, the UK’s admissions service has confirmed …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 2 May]

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Book Review: Presumed Incompetent: the Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

Posted in Life on April 21st, 2013 by steve

“In Presumed Incompetent, through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, over 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of colour as they navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education, including hiring, promotion, tenure, and relations with students, colleagues, and administrators …” (more)

[Sin Yee Koh, Impact of Social Sciences, 21 April]

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College Degree Attainment Lags For Young Men, Minorities, Study Shows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Wide racial and gender gaps persist among young Americans when it comes to earning a college degree and getting a job, according to fresh data from a 14-year government survey released on Friday …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 1 March]

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White academics ‘more likely to land professorships’

Posted in Legal issues on January 29th, 2013 by steve

“White applicants are three times more likely to get a professorial post than black and minority ethnic ones, a new report suggests …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 29 January]

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The university professor is always white

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Campaigners say universities will appoint more minority ethnic and female academics to the top jobs only when their funding depends on it …” (more)

[Rachel Williams, Guardian, 28 January]

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Black students say they feel left out by ‘white cliques’ at universities

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2011 by steve

“University coursework should be marked anonymously to deal with concerns that potential bias against a ‘foreign-sounding name’ can cost students marks, a report by the National Union of Students recommends. The report also urges universities to minimise ‘eurocentric bias’ when drawing up curriculums …” (more)

[Jeevan Vasagar, Observer, 22 May]

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Oxford University diversity row: ‘Grades aren’t enough’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 12th, 2011 by steve

“There has only been one moment in his three years at Oxford when Stephen Bush felt uncomfortable about race. That was in a tutorial about the US president Thomas Jefferson, who believed black people were inferior to white …” (more)

[Rowenna Davis and others, Guardian, 12 April]

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BNP would love it here, Emma Thompson tells Exeter students

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2009 by steve

UK“The actor Emma Thompson has urged a university to work to stamp out racism after her adopted son endured ‘unpleasant’ experiences while studying there. Thompson says Rwandan-born Tindyebwa Agaba suffered because of the colour of his skin during his first year studying politics at Exeter University. Speaking at a diversity event at the university, Thompson claimed the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, would ‘love’ the area because of its relative lack of racial diversity …” (more)

[Steven Morris, Guardian, 6 November]

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