Serious racial and sexual discrimination in Aussie university leadership

Racism against non-Europeans is extreme, and levels of sexism are still strong when it comes to who is appointed to Vice-Chancellor (VC) roles at Australian universities, according to new research. The team used statistics to look at whether biases are likely to exist in the selection of VCs and other senior university staff. They found that there was only a 1.9% chance that the observed number of female appointments to VC would result from a fair process, and a 1 in 27 billion chance that the current race mix of VCs arose from a fair process. There was no evidence of strong sex discrimination in the country’s eight main research universities for senior appointments although there was still evidence of extreme racial discrimination.

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