Scottish universities are close to achieving a historic 50:50 balance between men and women on their governing bodies for the first time ever. The Herald reports.
In 2013 less than one third of the members of universities’ ruling Courts were women, but the figure has now risen to 46 per cent after a concerted campaign to tackle the issue.
Seven of Scotland‘s 18 higher education institutions have now achieved a gender balance on Court with the remainder closing in on the target.
Universities where women make up 50 per cent or more of the ruling body include Abertay, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Queen Margaret, UHI and the University of the West of Scotland. Strathclyde University leads the way with 68 per cent of its ruling body women.
The development comes after the Scottish Parliament passed the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act in January.
The legislation sets an objective for public boards that 50 per cent of non-executive members are women by the end of 2022 and also requires action to encourage women to apply to become non-executive members of public boards.
The figures highlighting progress were welcomed by campaigners and universities.
Alastair Sim, director of Universities Scotland, which represents principals, said institutions had recognised that it was “absolutely right” that university Courts and boards reflected society.
“As part of the sector’s commitment to continuous enhancement we will be looking to see how we can continue the diversity of our governing bodies to reflect a more diverse Scotland.”
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