Dr Sarah Barnard, Professor John Arnold, Dr Sara Bosley and Dr Fehmidah Munir
University of Loughborough
Year 1 Summary, December 2016
This report is the first instalment of a five-year longitudinal study tracking the experiences and aspirations of women working in higher education.
Using data from over 1500 women from across the UK and Ireland, the report highlights opportunities and challenges for women’s leadership.
The report outlines 10 key conclusions that can be drawn from the first year of investigation.
This summary paper gives an overview of these 10 conculsions. To access the full report that includes findings from a survey and interviews conducted with participants of our Aurora programme, an analysis of the data and links to existing literature, click here.
Creating a baseline of evidence, the research reveals the necessary step-change needed to support women to enable their leadership potential. By measuring and tracking perceptions and experiences of leadership, the sector will be empowered to create change.
In working with the sector on initiatives such as Aurora and tracking its effectiveness, we keep the momentum up on not only supporting and encouraging individuals to find their leadership footing earlier in their careers – we also ensure that institutions cannot overlook the commitment that women (and other protected groups) have for this sector.
Case studies highlighting the experience of Aurora participants can be accessed here: case studies.
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Our members are key to our strategy and form a community of higher education institutions with a clear commitment to and experience of developing leadership, governance and management capabilities at all levels. Academic and professional services staff from member institutions contribute to our programmes, projects and research and advise on benefits and services.
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