OF 22,000 UK PROFESSORS ONLY 35 ARE BLACK WOMEN*

The 100 Black Women Professors NOW is a pioneering systemic change programme 

Why do this?

To promote 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 address equality  


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 from WHEN launched in 2021 with its first cohort, after years 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

The Leading Institutions

Universities of the first cohort in 2021

Participating Institutions and Universities 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 to receive the programme support.

WHEN will work closely with participants 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