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No reason for male bias in higher education top jobs, says UCU

14 May 2007 | last updated: 14 December 2015

Responding to the new statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) released today UCU said the minimal increase of women in the top positions in higher education was disappointing and there was no reason for the continuing male bias.

UCU joint general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'With ever-increasing numbers of women in the profession, there is no reason why more should not be in the top jobs. Fair, open and transparent recruitment and promotion procedures for senior jobs are in everyone's interests, not just women.

'What is equally important for the future is that institutions act to ensure equality of opportunity at every point so that women who are at the start of their academic career will face fewer obstacles in getting to the top than those who came before them. Women want equality now, rather than to wait until their daughters and granddaughters start work.'

The full statistics can be viewed here