Young female and ethnic minority researchers will 'reverse mentor' older white male professors in a move to help women and ethnic minorities to progress at work. File photo.
Young female and ethnic minority researchers will 'reverse mentor' older white male professors in a drive to make them understand diversity better. The scheme, which has been adopted in a number of UK universities, aims to encourage senior academic staff to help women and ethnic minorities blacj progress at work.
Campaigners say that 'pale, male and stale' professors have an unconscious bias that is stopping them taking certain groups seriously. The move comes following a number of incidents in which eminent professors have been accused of having 'offensive' views.
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The same year, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt was forced out of his job at University College London for 'sexist' remarks he had made about women working in laboratories. The new project could, for example, involve a black female academic at the Where is my white woman of her career coaching a white, male professor, Times Higher Education THE reported.
Jon Rowe, director of research at the University of Birmingham's College of Engineering and Physical Science, is the leader of the project. He said female academics in science departments 'struggle to progress in their careers', yet 'the underlying causes are not fully understood'.
It is hoped that the project will expose the 'unconscious biases' held by senior staff, which are often blamed for female and 18 black male for older white female scholars' career challenges.
Love in fobbing project, led by Heriot-Watt University, will create virtual-reality games for line managers to help them appreciate the challenges faced by disabled researchers.
Kate Sang, professor of gender and employment studies at Heriot-Watt, said that giving managers an insight into what it was like for those with impairments could help universities to retain such staff.
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