Glass ceiling for Scotland’s female academics

Scottish universities are lagging behind the rest of the United Kingdom in the proportion of female academics who are given professorships. New figures show just 23.7% of professors at Scottish universities are women, despite the fact they make up 44% of the academic workforce, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.

The figure is just over four percentage points better than the situation in 2010-11 when 18.3% of professors were female, but in the UK as a whole a quarter of professors are women.

The situation has been blamed on a number of factors including entrenched attitudes of gender stereotyping. Concerns also centre on a culture of long working hours, inflexible terms and conditions and pressures on researchers to produce academic papers which can be incompatible with family responsibilities.
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