Why isn’t my professor black?

UCL hosted a live panel debate on March 10 2014 chaired by Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost, aimed at probing answers to why there are just 85 black professors out of 18,510 in the UK. Following 10-minute presentations by panellists, contributions were solicited from the audience.

Speakers (in order of presentation):

  • Chair: Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost
  • Nathan E. Richards, Goldsmiths University
  • Deborah Gabriel, Founder and CEO of Black British Academics
  • Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias C̶o̶l̶e̶m̶a̶n̶, UCL
  • Dr Lisa Amanda Palmer, Newman University
  • Dr William Ackah, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Dr Shirley Tate, University of Leeds

Main Photo by Deborah Gabriel. Panellists from L to R : William Ackah, Lisa Palmer, Nathan Richards, Shirley Tate and Nathanial Adam Tobias Coleman 

You can watch the full video on YouTube HERE

2 thoughts on “Why isn’t my professor black?

  • 12th March 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for the podcast; interesting to hear. Good luck with the viva voce! 

  • 5th April 2017 at 9:43 pm

    The same conditions exist in the USA for the same reasons. 


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