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Racism persists, warns trade union

It calls on universities to address perceived discrimination.

Four-fifths of Asian, black and mixed-race members of the University and College Union say they have felt excluded from decision making and been subject to cultural insensitivity, according to a survey from the trade union. Seven-tenths reported being subject to bullying and harassment.

The report was based on a survey of 7,000 trade-union members who had identified themselves as Asian, black, Chinese, mixed or other and who work in further and higher education. It aims to shed light on perceived barriers to progression for black employees. It also shows that nine out of ten black members in further and higher education felt that they had faced barriers to promotion, with three-fifths saying senior colleagues and managers had not supported their career progression. The report does not offer any comparison with perceptions from white colleagues.

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