Here in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, 50% of our named chairs are female, as are 36% of our professoriate (well above the UK average).
But… our mid-career female academics keep being poached to prestigious chairs around the world. And when we try to recruit new younger academics, we’re still not getting the female applicants pushing themselves forward from universities across the UK and abroad.
When half our undergraduates are female, and getting better grades than the men, why can we not convince them that a career in science is stimulating, rewarding, can be flexible, and is even sometimes well paid?
WHAT WE ALL NEED TO DO
action points for academia
- Monitor our numbers
- Mentor our people and make sure the best are applying
- Create a workplace that supports everyone and allows flexibility
- Reclaim the meaning of feminism