2015–16 figures record zero black managers, directors or senior officials at UK universities

Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (Hesa) reveal that for the past three years there have been no black academics working at senior management level at UK universities.

Of 535 managers, directors and senior officials whose ethnicity was recorded by Hesa for the 2015–16 academic year, the overwhelming majority were white – 95% or 510 individuals, while 3% (15) were Asian and 2% (10) belonged to the ‘other including mixed’ category. Year-on-year statistics show there have been no black senior officials recorded since 2012–13, when there were just five.

The figures suggest ethnic minorities continue to be severely underrepresented among senior management at the country’s universities.