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UK Commons report berates U.K. universities for their under-representation of women in science

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

A U.K. House of Commons report entitled "Women in Scientific Careers" was made public on February 6th 2014 which criticized U.K. universities for the continued under-representation of women faculty in science in every discipline. The chair of the committee on Science and Technology, Andrew Miller MP, characterized the lack of women faculty as "astonishing" and called on universities to "pull their socks up" to improve the situation. The full report can be read here.

 

But not everyone felt that the Commons report went far enough. Cambridge's Dame Athene Donald called the Commons report "fairly weak" in an interview with the Times Higher Education (THE). She is among the signatories of an open letter published in THE recommending changes in the way that academics are assessed so that women are not disadvantaged for taking on "pastoral care" tasks in teaching, administration and public engagement rather than research. The letter-writers recommend that a broader set of metrics be used to evaluate performance and determine promotion.

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