Today the HEA published a detailed breakdown of the gender divide of senior academic posts across publicly funded higher education institutions. While we have previously published overall percentages of male/female staff and senior staff (most recently in the Institutional Profiles document that we published in July), this is significantly more detailed. It confirms that while the overall academic staff divide in higher education is 50/50, that males significantly outnumber females in senior posts.
While academic appointments are matters for the institutions themselves, the HEA supports a number of initiatives that encourage greater equality in the system. For example, the Athena Swan project recognises institutions that support female employees while the the Irish Research Council’s Gender Strategy & Action Plan 2013–2020: Ensuring Excellence and Maximising Creativity and Innovation in Irish Research aims to ensure gender-equality in the research arena.