The statistic is a stark one: women make up approximately half of lecturing staff, but just 24 per cent of professors are female.
In order to combat this imbalance, the government announced a package of measures in its gender action plan. In the main, the proposals were fairly predictable. However, the suggestion to introduce and fund dozens of targeted women-only professorships has generated considerable unease.
In her opening address to the National Women’s Council Conference, higher...
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