Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Motivating Statistics of the Day

Filling out my annual assessment form today has prompted me to look up certain Imperial College policies, and while doing so I ran across the following. I keep thinking, I know everybody's probably sick of hearing and thinking about gender and ethnic inequality, but why isn't it changing? Doesn't anyone care any more? This battle started before I was even born. Why isn't it over yet?

Imperial College Diversity Statistics for 2006

Employees by gender (%)

All staff42.2%57.8%
Level 1, 2, 3 & 456.5%43.5%
Level 5 & 640.9%59.1%
Level 712.5%87.5%
Academic grades19.5%80.5%
Research grades35.4%64.6%


Level 1,2,3 and 4 is where most of my colleagues and I, who are all non-academic staff, reside. Additionally, these are statistics for staff throughout college. They are even more skewed inside the Faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Employees by ethnic origin (%)

AsianBlackChineseMixedOtherWhiteNo data
All staff7.6%3.7%4.1%1.8%1.9%75.1%5.8%
Level 1, 2, 3 & 46.7%6.8%2.7%2.3%1.9%73.9%5.7%
Level 5 & 65.8%0.8%1.6%1.6%0.8%86.8%2.7%
Level 74.2%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%95.8%0.0%
Academic grades4.6%0.3%2.9%1.2%1.2%84.5%5.2%
Research grades10.9%1.7%7.1%1.6%2.3%69.4%6.8%

I will be happy on the day when looking back and forth between the "Mixed" and "White" columns doesn't make me depressed. In the meantime, I strive to divert the energy spent on impotent fist-shaking into volunteering for outreach programmes. What else can I do?
Tags: imperial, rage, science, social isues
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