The UK has gained its first-ever female black university leader in the form of Baroness Valerie Amos.
Born in Guyana, the Baroness was educated at Bexley Technical High School for Girls (now Townley Grammar School) in south-east London.
She went on to earn a BA in Sociology from the University of Warwick and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Birmingham.
She also undertook cultural studies at the University of East Anglia where she investigated the transition from school to work for black girls.
As an advocate of higher education, Baroness Amos is co-founder and Patron of the Amos Bursary which promotes higher education opportunities for young men of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK.
In its most recent statistical report, the Equality Challenge Unit found almost 70 per cent of senior academic managers are white males – with nearly 16 per cent of this group at professor level.
In stark contrast, the report found only 2.8 per cent of black and minority ethnic female academics were employed at even professor level