Diversity, inclusion, and doctoral study: challenges facing minority phd students in the United Kingdom

Mattocks, Kathleen and Briskoe-Palmer, Shardia (2016) Diversity, inclusion, and doctoral study: challenges facing minority phd students in the United Kingdom. European Political Science, 15 (4). pp. 476-492. ISSN 1680-4333

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to provide a platform to converse on barriers and challenges faced by three marginalised groups – women, black minority ethnic (BME) groups, and students living with a disability – throughout the course of doctoral study in political science in the United Kingdom. Much of the literature devoted to inequalities in academia tends to focus on established academics already in a post; the experiences of PhD researchers as the future of the profession have largely been neglected. However, in order to understand the underrepresentation of structurally disadvantaged groups, more insight into what is taking place earlier in the career pipeline is necessary. Based on an online survey and a small number of qualitative interviews, the article’s findings are split into seven different themes, reflecting both challenges that are faced by all PhD researchers, such as financial pressures, as well as those such as isolation, institutional support, and perceptions of disadvantage, that were found to be much more pronounced among minority groups. The article is a preliminary reflective discussion that aims to start a broader conversation about equality and diversity experiences among PhD researchers across the discipline, not just in the UK but on a global scale

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: early tittle: Challenges facing minority politics PhD students in the United Kingdom: Women, people of Black and Ethnic minority origin, and Disabled persons
Uncontrolled Keywords: phd researchers,doctoral study,minority groups
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70581
DOI: 10.1057/s41304-016-0071-x

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