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BPS survey for UK universities on gender parity

08 March 2017

Today sees the launch of a BPS Research Board survey that will explore the ways in which good practice related to gender parity can be disseminated across university psychology departments to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017.

We have contacted representatives from each school and department of psychology across the UK to tell us about good practice in their institution and how the Athena SWAN agenda can be promoted and supported by the Society.

The Equality Challenge Unite Athena SWAN charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in higher education and research.

The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Dr Sue Sherman from Keele University compiled the survey in conjunction with the BPS Social Justice and Inclusion Taskforce.  The second phase could also consist of workshops to support departments and there will be a preliminary report available in May 2017.  

Dr Sherman said:

"As an academic discipline, psychology attracts around 80% female undergraduates yet has only around 30% female professors. Two issues need addressing – how to recruit more male undergraduate students to psychology and how to retain and support the women we do recruit to achieve equal career trajectories as our male colleagues. There are already lots of examples of good practice going on in universities across the UK to achieve both of these aims but there is still more to be done. This survey will enable the BPS to collate and disseminate existing good practice to promote and support gender equality in psychology in British universities."

 If you would like more information on the survey please contact the BPS Lead Policy Advisor, Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard.




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