BME academic staff face pay gap at Cambridge University

Black and minority ethnic academics at Cambridge are making on average almost £12,000 less per year than their white counterparts, it has been reported. The figures, which are based on data of Cambridge staff who disclosed their ethnicity, were revealed by Varsity, Cambridge University’s independent student newspaper. The Voice reports.

Black academic and research staff at Cambridge University have an average salary of £37,495, compared to an average salary of £49,442 for white academic and research staff, Varsity reported.

Those of mixed ethnicity were discovered to receive an average salary of £43,156.

The data obtained by the paper also showed that those from Chinese backgrounds were making nearly £20,600 less than their white counterparts.

One of the reasons for the pay gap is said to be the under-representation of certain ethnicities in senior academic roles.

Of 552 professors who shared their ethnicity, more than half are white British and fewer than five are from Arab, Pakistani, black and Chinese ethnic backgrounds, Varsity found.

A university spokesperson told Varsity that Cambridge “is committed to being a space free from racism, discrimination, prejudice and harassment” and “developing diverse recruitment guidelines to help attract more black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, as well as launching a new BAME staff network to support and encourage those who join us.” 

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