Our warmest congratulations go to fellow member Aisha Richards (pictured centre) on her election and appointment onto the Academic Board at University of the Arts London.
Ms Richards has been an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for over 10 years and is the founder and programme manager of Shades of Noir, a long term project to tackle racial inequalities in terms of staff and student representation, student degree attainment and curriculum diversity.
She is also joint Chair of GEMS (the Group for the Equality of Minority Ethnic Staff) at UAL. Her new appointment is of major significance, given that just 7.6 % of staff at UAL are from a black or minority ethnic background (as of May 2013), even though the non-white population in London stands at 40.2% (2011 Census). Furthermore, only 3.9% of academics at UAL from a BME background are in grades 7 and above.
Speaking to Black British Academics on her appointment Ms Richards said: “I am delighted to have been elected to this position so that I can ensure that the BME staff, student and alumni perspectives in terms of their needs and expectations are fed through to the strategic and academic development of the university.”