OF 22,000 UK PROFESSORS ONLY 35 ARE BLACK WOMEN

100 Black Women Professors NOW is a pioneering systemic change programme aiming to increase the number of Black women in the academic pipeline 

Why do this?

To achieve better equity of opportunity within academia, starting with 100 Black women academics, pioneering the path of change.

The programme is about supporting Black academic women to navigate and manage their careers; and it is also about challenging institutional assumptions and bias, recognising the need to address fundamental societal inequities, and acting to achieve systemic change for a fairer world.

Black Woman in Academia

There is an urgent need to change the status quo 


The data shows we need to address deep barriers.
We need visible role models.
We need to attract and retain diverse talent in our education system.

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Who is the programme for?

 

Forward thinking-institutions wanting to step-change progress in the higher education sector.

Black female academics, who self identify as black african, black afro caribbean, or mixed race with black heritage. 

When does it take place?

 

It has already begun. The pioneering initiative launched in 2021 with its first cohort, after months of research and consultation. 

Applications are now being accepted for the next 12-month programme, which will commence in September 2022.

universities first on the programme map, manchester, leeds, de montfort, east london and open universities

Institutions leading change

Voices from our pioneering cohort of Black women academics


”

It has given me the confidence to speak up and be seen in a job I really love.


- Dr Paulet Brown-Wilsher, PhD, MEd, BSc, SFHEA 

Senior Lecturer, University of East London


”

I now have the understanding and importance of organisational politics and strategies for career progression.


- Dr Jummy Okoya FRSA, SFHEA, FCMI, MCIPD
Senior Lecturer, Organisation Behaviour & HRM
Chair, UEL Women’s Network & Athena Swan Lead

 


”

It's been transformational, I now approach the future with confidence and excitement.


-Judy Chandler

Lecturer in Masters in Education, Leadership and Management, The Open University 

Participating institutions can expect:

Systemic change
achieved by:

Black women
academics' support:

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Senior leadership action

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Career coaching

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Head of Department action

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Targeted development

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Policy and practice action

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Mentoring

How does the
programme work?

 

An institution seeks support from their Vice Chancellor, HR Director and Equality Diversity Inclusion lead. They'll identify Black women academics with the potential to reach professorship.

WHEN will work closely with institutions to support, share learnings and build networks.

Using core change principles we'll unblock limiting systems and structures and to support the academic cohort to successfully navigate the pathway to professorship.

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 *2020 HESA Higher education Staffing Data