Universities: Females

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle the under-representation of women in senior positions in universities, including in the position of Vice Chancellor.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are autonomous from Government and Ministers are statutorily prohibited from involvement in HEIs recruitment decisions.

I commend the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Aurora programme for developing future women leaders in higher education. I also commend the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena Swan Programme which recognises the advancement of gender equality in HE through representation, progression and success for all.

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