University most improved in the UK for proportion of female professors

The University of Liverpool has made the largest improvement in the proportion of female professors in the country, according to the Times Higher Education.

In the article, 27.4 per cent of professors at the University of Liverpool were women in 2015-16 compared with 16.5 per cent in 2012-13. This is a percentage point difference of 10.9% – the biggest improvement of any University in the country.

The Times Higher Education ranked the most improved universities as follows:

Institution 2012-13 2015-16 Percentage point difference
University of Liverpool 16.5% 27.4% 10.9
University of Kent 19.0% 27.2% 8.2
Swansea University 12.1% 17.7% 5.6
University of Leeds 18.6% 23.4% 4.8
University of Sussex 24.6% 28.7% 4.1

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, said: “Liverpool’s improvement is extremely encouraging news and is a testament to the hard work of staff at our University to address key equality issues.

“I would like to thank all those who have supported our Athena SWAN initiative, which has played a huge role in this improvement. Following on from our recent Silver level Athena SWAN award, we have a four-year action plan which includes continuing to improve gender balance at professorial level and aiming for 30% female professors by 2020.”

The full article from the Times Higher Education is available here:

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