Rainbow UK Higher Education

Striving to Promote Equality and Diversity in UK Higher Education

The university professor is always white!

Eighteen months ago the cause of gender equality in UK universities got a welcome boost. Medical schools seeking biomedical research grants worth millions of pounds need not bother applying unless they had proven credentials in supporting women’s career progression, the chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies made clear. For the first time, the pursuit of equality was explicitly linked to major funding streams.

Institutions could only expect to be shortlisted for the National Institute for Health Research cash, Davies said, if they had a silver award from Athena Swan – a scheme founded in 2005 that awards bronze, silver and gold charter marks based on universities’ work tackling the under-representation of women in science. Since then applications for the awards have increased significantly.

But Athena Swan #Scientific Women’s Academic Network# remains the only nationwide initiative aiming to improve women’s representation at the highest levels of academia. It is currently focused solely on the sciences, and there is no such scheme for black and minority ethnic #BME# academics.

via The university professor is always white | Education | The Guardian.

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