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Higher Education / Gender equality must be made a global priority

Around one in five UK university professors are female. That’s better than 3%, which was the figure in 1989. But it’s nowhere near parity – and in many parts of the world, the number of women working at the top level of academia or in senior university management positions is far worse.

The failure of higher education institutions to fully accept women into their most senior structures has led female academics to demand a radical solution. At the British Council’s Going Global conference in Dubai, an international grouping of senior women called for equality to be made a key performance indicator in quality audits of higher education institutions. The fewer women at the top table, the idea goes, the lower down the league tables a university would slide.

It’s the first demand of six in what is being called a Manifesto for Change for Women in Academic Leadership and Research. Female academics, the manifesto says, must also start getting a lot more of the big money for research projects, with “gender implications and impact” being included by grant making bodies as criteria against which funding applications are assessed.

Other points include a requirement for “mainstreaming”, so that diversity is fundamentally incorporated in all of a university’s practices and procedures, and the creation of a global database on women and leadership in higher education, so that it’s easier to see how slowly – or indeed how fast – the situation improves country by country.

A series of British Council workshops and seminars in Hong Kong and Tokyo have been exploring the reasons behind what remains a considerable equality gap in virtually every country in the world. Evidence from an international group of female academics has been analysed by Professor Louise Morley from the Centre for Higher Education and Equality Research, who says that patterns of discrimination appear similar across national boundaries.

“Barriers include the failure to recognise, identify and nurture women’s talent, the gendered division of labour inside the academy, with women frequently responsible for the organisational housework, [and the] view that men are more suited to leadership authority,” says Morley.

In regions which seem to show less discrimination against women academics with ambitions to progress, a range of factors come into play. Sometimes those factors are not particularly positive: in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, Morley explains, female academics have been able to rise up the career ladder because the profession isn’t perceived as desirable, prestigious, or sufficiently well-remunerated by men.

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Guardian via Gender equality in higher education must be made a global priority.

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