Women and ethnic minorities are locked out of top jobs at Britain's universities, the University and College Union (UCU) warned today.
Statistics released from 23 universities revealed that just one in five female academics reach the top and become professors despite making up almost half of university teaching staff.
And white academics are three times more likely to land any professorial post than a black or minority ethnic (BME) candidate.
In response, the union is calling for universities to set ambitious targets to get women and BME academics into top professorial posts.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt warned that unless action was taken it would take 40 years for the gender gap to be closed and 16 years to reach ethnic equality.
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