International Colloquia Project

International Colloquia Project

Breaking barriers to female leadership in higher education

Colloquia-ProjectsWhile significant global progress has been made in women’s enrolment in higher education, a pyramid effect is still reflected in higher education leadership. Across Europe, for example, 45% of PhDs are done by women, yet 20% of male academics are top-grade professors while the corresponding rate for women is only 7%.

What are the barriers limiting women’s access to senior academic posts and the top decision-making positions? What strategies need to be implemented to address both direct and indirect discrimination in higher education institutions?

GWI and its national affiliates organised a series of one-day colloquia bringing together women in higher education leadership positions to discuss the situation in their respective countries. The findings from the different colloquia are compiled in a final report published in August 2013.

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