The University workforce is predominantly
white with only 3% of all staff coming from a Black or Minority
Ethnic background (2.3% of staff have not disclosed their
ethnicity). This figure is low compared with the figure of
7.2% BME representation in all staff in higher education (4.6% of
staff who have not disclosed their ethnicity) and with the BME
population in England and Wales of 10.4% and the BME population in
the UK at 11.2%.
While job vacancies in academic and senior
administrative and professional grades attract candidates from a
wide geographical area, traditionally ancillary and less senior
administrative staff are recruited from residents of York and the
surrounding area. While Yorkshire and the Humber has a BME
population estimated to be 9.6%, the majority of BME people live in
South Yorkshire (8.2% of the total population) and West Yorkshire
(15.7% of the total population); only 2.8% of the total population
of the rest of Yorkshire (including York) and the Humber are from
BME groups (source: ‘Local Area Labour Markets: statistical
indicators – April 2011). The small BME population of York
and the surrounding area is one likely cause of the low
representation of BME people amongst University staff.
BME staff held 2.5% of academic posts at the
University, the overall figure is low compared with national
figures for academic posts (7.4%).