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The Stage exclusive reports: ‘Woeful’ lack of diversity revealed among drama school teachers

14 September 2017

Only 6% of teachers at the UK’s leading drama schools come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, research by The Stage has revealed.

MPs and diversity campaigners criticised the findings, based on data provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, as “woeful” and “startling”.

The figures reveal that, across 13 leading training providers, the percentage of academic staff from BAME backgrounds averaged just 6% in 2015/16. Research by campaign group Act for Change, which surveyed final-year students from 17 major drama schools, found that in the same year, BAME graduates made up 17.5% of total drama school leavers.

READ THE FULL EXCLUSIVE REPORT IN THE STAGE