Azara Blog: Some groups under-represented in science in the UK

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Date published: 2005/06/16

The BBC says:

Black Caribbean and Bangladeshi people are the least likely to study or work in science after GCSEs, a report says.

They are the most under-represented groups in science, engineering and technology, according to a study for the Royal Society.

But there are big differences within broad ethnic groups, said the research team from Warwick University.

The research also found men to be four times more likely than women to be working in or studying science.

The study compared the participation of various UK ethnic groups in science, engineering and technology to that of Britain's white population.

Researchers analysed data from three sources for variations in participation by age, sex and ethnic group.

They said the two main disadvantaged groups in terms of participation were the Bangladeshi population - especially women - and the black Caribbean group - particularly men.
Asian groups were in general well-represented. Chinese and Indian groups were over-represented compared to the white UK population.

Black Africans were also well-represented, but the black Caribbean population was under-represented.

The researchers said white Britons were under-represented in some respects, compared with the size of population - for example, in terms of the numbers studying science subjects.

The report concluded that ethnic minority groups were not necessarily disadvantaged in terms of access to and participation in science, engineering and technology.

Another particularly useless piece of "research". Political correctness seems to have infiltrated the Royal Society. Instead give the money to something more useful. Say, science. All this analysis amounts to is a trawling for correlations, and there is a difference between correlation and causation. In particular, here the stronger correlation (and almost certainly closer to being the cause) is bound to be family circumstance.

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