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Mentoring and sponsorship in higher education institutions: men’s invisible advantage in STEM?

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Show simple item record O'Connor, Pat O'Hagan, Clare Myers, Sophia Eva Baisner, Liv Apostolov, Georgi Topuzova, Irina Sağlamer, Gulsun Rilski, Neofit 2019-12-09T12:31:47Z 2019
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article is concerned with the source of men’s invisible advantage in the male dominated disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It is suggested that this advantage has been obscured by combining sponsorship and mentoring. The research asks: Are men or women most likely to be mentored? Is it possible to distinguish between mentoring and sponsorship? Is there gender variation in either or both of these depending on the source – whether from the academic supervisor, line manager or other senior academics. This qualitative study draws on interview data from 106 respondents (57 men and 48 women) at junior, middle and senior levels, in four universities: one each in Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland and Turkey. It shows that both men and women received mentoring from their PhD supervisor, albeit with slightly different reported nuances. Men were more likely than women to receive sponsorship in that relationship. Both men and women received sponsorship from the Head of Department, whose wider responsibilities may have reduced homophily. Men were more likely than women to receive sponsorship and mentoring from senior men, with most women indicating a lack of access to such senior academics. By distinguishing between mentoring and sponsorship, this article contributes to our understanding of the way male dominance in STEM is perpetuated and suggests the source of men’s invisible advantage in STEM. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/287526 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Higher Education Research and Development; 39 (4), pp. 764-777
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Higher Education Research and Development 2019 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: en_US
dc.subject career related support en_US
dc.subject higher educational institutions en_US
dc.subject invisible advantage en_US
dc.subject men en_US
dc.subject mentoring en_US
dc.subject sponsorship en_US
dc.subject STEM en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.title Mentoring and sponsorship in higher education institutions: men’s invisible advantage in STEM? 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.identifier.doi 10.1080/07294360.2019.1686468
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.relation.projectid 287526 en_US 2021-05-14
dc.embargo.terms 2021-05-14 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2937207

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