We are an independent organisation working proactively to enhance race equality across the higher education sector.

Our Mission 

  • To enhance the voice and visibility of staff and students of colour within higher education.
  • To highlight the value of the intellectual, social and cultural capital of staff and students of colour and their contribution to the knowledge economy.
  • To promote collaboration among academics in the areas of teaching, research and professional practice through networks, events and other relevant activities.
  • To encourage academics to contribute to social change through teaching, research, professional practice and academic citizenship.
  • To shape policy and practice around race equality within HEIs and HE sector organisations.

How We Operate

  • We create voice and visibility for staff and students of colour through strategic communication.
  • We provide support and resources for our members through dedicated networks.
  • We consult widely with staff and students of colour periodically on key issues around race equality.
  • We work collaboratively with members on research projects around race, ethnicity and culture in academia.
  • We work proactively with HEIs and HE sector organisations through the provision of specialist consultancy services

 Our Values

  • We approach race equality through the conceptual framework of cultural democracy.
  • We believe that staff and students of colour have an important role to play in defining the key issues around racial inequality and advancing effective solutions.
  • We believe that staff and students from all ethnic backgrounds can work together as active agents of change to improve race equality across the higher education sector.


The 'Black' in Black British Academics is used politically and conceptually as a term of empowerment and is inclusive of staff and students from all racialised minority backgrounds (African, Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, dual heritage etc.). While it is accepted that these groups are heterogeneous, we are united as a strategy to foster unity and collaboration.


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