At the undergraduate level, the percentage of Black students is higher than the census baseline, there is then a significant point of attrition from undergraduate to PhD, as indicated by the drop from 4.8 to 1.3% Black representation (Figure 1). This drops even further through the academic pipeline, to 0.9% non-professorial staff and 0% professors who are Black. Note that, according to HESA anonymisation methodology, numbers fewer than five are rounded down to zero and will result in a percentage calculation of zero.
Focusing on undergraduate students in chemistry, the ethnicity breakdown by gender (Figure 2) shows that there is a lower percentage of Black men (3.4%) than Black women (6.6%).
Figure 2 Ethnicity breakdown for UK chemistry undergraduate students, by gender. Source: 2017/18 HESA data .