School of Law

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren comments on working-class academics facing discrimination throughout their careers

25 March 2019

Scholars from blue-collar backgrounds continue to face barriers to advancement in academia well into their careers, the chair of a new support group for working-class academics in the UK has claimed.

Geraldine Van Bueren, Professor of International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary University of London, said that the Association of Working Class Academics intended to provide advice and assistance for younger colleagues from socially deprived backgrounds, as well as students thinking about a career in academia. Professor Van Bueren said: “It remains very difficult to get into academia if you have a working-class background, given the costs of obtaining a doctorate.”

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