Academic jobs, Gender, United Kingdom

Some UK universities increasing already very high percentage of male professors

According to a recent article in the Times Higher Education, the number of female professors at some UK universities has declined despite efforts to promote gender equality, such as the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN charter scheme.

Louise Morley, director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research at the University of Sussex, put it even better. She’s quoted in the article as saying that it was “shocking to see that some universities are increasing their already very high percentages of male professors”. Moreover, she hits on one of the weaknesses of the study, which is to “know the story behind the statistics, such as the data on recruitment and promotions, including whether women are applying for chairs and [whether are they] being rejected”.

Only 24 per cent of UK professors are women. It’s even lower in political science where the number is around 20%. Numbers for BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) are even lower yet.



Grove, J. (2017) “One in three UK Universities Going Backwards on Female Professorships.” Times Higher Education [Accessed May 31, 2017].

Smith, J. (2017) “Diversity in Academia: It Takes Raindrops to Make a River.” UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group [Accessed May 31, 2017]


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