Higher Education

University of Warwick and LSE
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Warwick University is a public research university situated in Coventry and has over 23,400 students with 1390 academic and research staff. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world.

The higher education leadership council were keen to provide research and map the experiences of BAME and female academics in order to ascertain what their career paths, career development experiences and perceptions were.

The key aim was to establish why (both of these groups) have not achieved the level of attainment and career progression anticipated.

The outcomes would serve to enhance understanding provide an outlet for experiences. And inform the wider national debate on equality and diversity within the higher education sector.


BAME Focus Groups & Literature Review

Key Deliverables

  • Conducted focus groups with BAME and female academics across both institutions/conducted focus groups with key stakeholders; such as HR, leader’s high potential academics.
  • We conducted a survey and a literature review to establish perceptions and experiences. We held comparator focus groups to ascertain general feedback on career progression.
  • We analysed all the outcomes and provided a research report along with recommendations. GDP presented findings of the report and recommendations of the high profile event of London School of Economics.


Our research and findings has influenced initiatives within higher education to combat attitudinal, perceptual and structural barriers that exist.