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Gender imbalance in senior positions: what is the problem? What can be done?

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Pat
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-04T14:12:46Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8201
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Global scholarship has documented gender discrepancies in power in higher education institutions (HEIs) for several decades. That research is now supported by wider gender equality movements such as those concerned with unequal pay and sexual harassment. Underlying these is the under-representation of women in senior management and full professorial positions. Thus, for example, in the US and the EU men make up the overwhelming majority of those in senior management (Rectors/Presidents/Vice Chancellors) and in full professorial positions. Variation within and across countries and types of institutions suggests that it is necessary to go beyond explanations for this at the individual level. Drawing on research in the sociology of education; higher education studies; management and leadership studies; gender studies; science and policy studies, and using quantitative data, experimental studies, individual case studies and comparative qualitative studies of HEIs, this article focuses on three discourses which legitimate the under-representation women in senior positions namely excellence, fit and national relevance. It evaluates interventions to deal with this including unconscious bias training, mentoring, gender mainstreaming interventions such as Athena SWAN and ADVANCE and ‘nudging’ leaders to end gender inequality. It concludes that a fundamental transformation of HEIs is required and suggests ways forward en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Reviews in Higher Education;3 (1), pp. 28-50
dc.relation.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23322969.2018.1552084
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/23322969.2018.1552084
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Policy Reviews in Higher Education 2019 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/23322969.2018.1552084 en_US
dc.subject gender imbalance in senior positions en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject leadership en_US
dc.subject discourses en_US
dc.subject interventions en_US
dc.title Gender imbalance in senior positions: what is the problem? What can be done? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2019-11-04T12:37:13Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/23322969.2018.1552084
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2020-06-05
dc.embargo.terms 2020-06-05 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2905094
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yees
dc.identifier.journaltitle Policy Reviews in Higher Education
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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