Universities accused of race discrimination on pay

Black and ethnic minority lecturers face discrimination when it comes to performance-related pay, the Association of University Teachers has warned.

White lecturers are 60% more likely to be awarded discretionary pay than their black and ethnic minority colleagues, it said.

According to its research, 21% of white lecturers on the main lecturer pay grade have been awarded discretionary points, compared to just 13% of their ethnic minority colleagues.

University employers are looking to the recent national pay framework, the details of which are currently being worked out, to establish equal pay in the sector.

Sally Hunt, the association’s general secretary, said: “Once again we find evidence of discrimination in higher education.

“Employers have known about this for a long time. They must accept responsibility for such failures and take some meaningful action to end pay discrimination in higher education.”

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