Black and minority ethnic doctoral students' perceptions of an academic career

Research by Dr Jason Arday to explore the experiences of BME doctoral students and the impact of these on their perceptions of the attractiveness of an academic career

The report provides a qualitative snapshot of the challenges faced by BME postgraduate research students (PGR).

The interplay between personal, economic and social factors including ethnicity, overt and covert racism, and marginalisation are explored.

A strong appetite for pursuing an academic career was identified. This, alongside a number of themes such as the importance of supervisory and mentoring support; feelings of marginalisation and isolation; the impact of subject choice; and access to teaching and research opportunities were identified.

BME doctoral students’ perceptions of an academic career [287kb]

Last updated: 8 June 2017