PhD Topic/Title: Career Trajectories and Black and Minority Ethnic Staff and Alumni


The UK’s neoliberal higher education structure has been designed to maintain colonial structures of institutional whiteness, imposing visible and invisible barriers towards Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and alumni in higher education. Using creative qualitative and quantitative methods, Rhianna’s research investigates what aspects of the higher education environment need to be challenged to facilitate the needs of academic staff from racialised minority groups. Building on pedagogies of white discomfort, Rhianna aims to implement targeted support centring around the experiences of BME staff navigating and surviving in the neoliberal academy, to promote a sense of belonging within the institutional space.