BME staff earn less than white colleagues at Russell Group Universities

Pay gaps between BME staff and others in Russell Group Universities are widening, according to a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent by the BBC, with ethnic minority academics earning less than white colleagues.

The average pay of white academics across the Russell Group is £55,000, whereas the figures for academics from Black and Arab backgrounds are £38,000 and £37,000 respectively.

Across the 22 Russell Group Universities that responded to the BBC’s request, the distribution of ethnicities of academic staff is as follows:

3,000 Chinese and East Asian 3,000 Indian and South Asian 600 Black 250 Arab

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