A Woman’s Place in Academia

A large body of research shows that diversity in leadership results in more effective organisations, more emotionally intelligent leadership, better risk assessment and innovation.


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Sharing leadership

Men and women sharing leadership in our educational institutions matters.

A large body of research shows that diversity in leadership results in more effective organisations, more emotionally intelligent leadership, better risk assessment and innovation.

It also allows institutions to better reflect the aspirations of their stakeholders – public funders, students, staff and local communities.

 

The Welsh economy.

Universities and Further Education Colleges play a significant role in the Welsh economy, society and individual lives. Together they have £1.8 billion in annual income, £1.5 billion in assets and employ 26,500 staff.

As devolved institutions in Wales, they are important partners in building our knowledge economy as well as our national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

They are also critical to achieving the Welsh Government’s goal of widening participation and stimulating economic regeneration. Education not only enriches our lives but equips us with the knowledge and skills needed to fully participate in the economy.

A Woman’s Place in Academia indexes, by institution, the representation of women in governance and executive roles in eight universities and fifteen further education colleges.

The report finds there is progress to celebrate as some universities and FE Colleges have achieved or are approaching gender-balanced boards and leadership teams. However, performance across institutions is uneven and there is still work to be done.

Read our report and a Foreword by Chwarae Teg’s CEO – Joy Kent.

Available as PDF.

Download this report