Women Leaders Gain Ground in UK Universities
The key takeaway, according to the report? The current state of gender equality within UK universities can be described as “‘gradual and determined progress but still some way to go.”
Writes WomenCount author Norma Jarboe, “Having a third of all top appointments going to women could be better, but it is moving in the right direction.”
Citing a framework for nurturing continued growth in this sphere already in place and supported by universities, funders and other stakeholders, the report further proposes an ambitious target goal: a representation of men or women between 40 percent and 60 percent by 2020.
And while it’s easy to accept the imperative toward equality on the premise of fairness alone, the report points out that other issues are at stake, as well: “Not only is this about harnessing the best talent for these influential roles, it is an issue of primary importance due to the very nature and purpose of a university that depends on diversity in order to flourish.”