BME academic flight from UK to overseas higher education: aspects of marginalisation and exclusion.

Kalwant Bhopal, Hazel Brown, June Jackson

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This paper describes the experiences of BME academics who consider moving overseas for career opportunities. It explores the barriers that BME academics report in UK higher education, which affects their decisions for overseas higher education migration. Our findings suggest that BME academics were significantly more likely than White academics to have ever considered moving overseas to work, although reasons such as family commitments led to many remaining in the UK. However, those BME academics who eventually move overseas report positive experiences. In contrast those who stay in the UK report various barriers to career progression. We suggest significant change is needed in the UK higher education sector in order to retain BME academics who consider moving overseas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-257
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Black and minority ethnic academics
  • career opportunities
  • barriers to career progression

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