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University racism 'complacency' warning

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

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Universities are being accused of "complacency" over a lack of senior black academics and lower achievement among ethnic minority students.

Baroness Amos, the UK's first black woman university head, says there are "deep-seated prejudices and stereotypes which need to be overcome".

"Not even 1% of UK professors are black," she will tell a conference on university leadership.

The Office for Students says tackling such "gaps" should be a priority.

Baroness Amos, director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), in London, says universities like to see themselves as "inclusive and internationalist".

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