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Mindsets, Paths and Identities: the Experiences of Senior Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Higher Education

Professor Jan Fook, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work, University of Vermont and Professor of Professional Practice Research (Visiting), Department of Social Work, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Vijaya Nath, Director Contemplative Spaces and Key Associate Advance HE

What can we learn from the experiences of senior Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders about what is involved in attaining positions of leadership in British higher education? It is increasingly acknowledged that there is significant under-representation of BAME people at senior levels in higher education institutions (HEIs) (Equality Challenge Unit, 2017). There is also increasing interest in the experiences of senior BAME staff in higher education, particularly of what they believe assisted them to attain these positions.

Mindsets, Paths and Identities: the Experiences of Senior Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Higher Education intends to convey these experiences from the perspectives of senior BAME higher education staff, interviewed individually and/or through focus groups. The report authors – Jan Fook and Vijaya Nath  – hope to shed light on how some BAME individuals find their way through British academia, the conditions and situations they encounter, and the mind-sets they developed in order to shape opportunities.


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