Time to Do Better
A quick Saturday morning of research has thrown up some interesting facts and figures:
When looking at the data from the KeeleSU Elections in 2016 there were 47 candidates total.
Of that total 78.7 % identified their ethnicity as white. When you compare that to Keele’s statistics on all students, the student body, was 65.8% white.
So in percentage terms, the white student populace is over-represented in running for positions of power on campus.
I also found that whilst 61.7% of candidates in the SU elections identified themselves as male, the campus wide demographic showed that only 41% of all students on campus were male.
(Head to here to see the full report on the student demographic at Keele that year)
When looking at the data from the KeeleSU Elections in 2017 there were 43 candidates in total.
70.45% of candidates that ran identified themselves as white compared to a campus demographic of 64.8% white students.
61.3% of candidates that ran, identified themselves as male, but campus wide the demographic data meant that 41.4% of all students were male.
Head here to see the full report on the student demographic at Keele that year
There is a disproportionate number of men running for and holding positions of power on campus.
It is not representative of the student body.
I don’t currently have access to the data to do the same work for KPA positions, but it is significantly worse if you consider the number of male postgraduates that have held the KPA positions versus the number of female postgraduates we have in total.
(This data is from 2015/16 as it was available it is unlikely that there are huge fluctuations in gender balance year on year):
It’s time to do better.
After just a few months of work Women of Keele Educate have ensured a higher number of women and non-binary people at Keele have nominated themselves in the upcoming by-elections.
Take the time to read the manifestos of some fantastic candidates when you see them appear in the next few weeks.
Take the time to vote.
Take the time to ensure that you are accurately represented.