Leicester expert comments on latest report from Equality Challenge Unit

Dr Kate Williams (pictured), Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity, has commented on the latest report from the Equality Challenge Unit.

In an article for the Times Higher Education, Dr Williams explains that while the proportions of female, black and ethnic minority, and disabled academics has been rising steadily over the past decade, the numbers from these groups who are reaching senior manager or professorial levels remains stubbornly low.

The report does, however, show that the ethnic background of staff working in universities has increasingly become more diverse, disability disclosure rates have grown, and the proportion of academic staff who are women has risen to 45 per cent.

Dr Williams has also contributed an article to Think: Leicester, the University's platform for academic opinion, which provides additional information.