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13 May 2016

EUA: Number of women university leaders slowly rising, but still far from equal

The European University Association (EUA) has published its latest data on women in leadership positions within Europe’s universities. The results show that the number of women university leaders is slowly rising, but is still far from equal, and differences between individual countries remain considerable. Of the rectors in EUA’s database, 15% are currently women, compared to 11% in 2014 and 6% in 2008. About one third of rectors in Sweden, Norway and Finland are women, while a number of countries have less than 10%.

Along similar lines, the latest European Commission "She Figures” data on women in research shows that female full professors remain a minority, with only one in five full professors being a woman. As rectors are usually taken from the pool of full professors, EUA regards this as a potential  major bottleneck for equal representation of men and women in university leadership.

The European Women Rectors Association will hold its inaugural meeting in Brussels on 20 June 2016 in order to promote policies for more women in leadership positions.

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