The new Higher Education Policy Institute is evidently as unaware as the Department for Education and Skills of the government's aim for equality in public life (Diary, THES , November 1).
But perhaps the membership of its advisory board deliberately intended to match the lack of equality at senior levels in higher education? If so, someone has done a good job. The board has no representative from an ethnic minority group. It has just two female members, and 11 members who are male and white.