academics are being discriminated against in terms of money and promotion,
according to the Association of University Teachers (AUT).
are held back by a glass ceiling which keeps most in lower-paid and
lower-status jobs, the group said.
AUT study reveals that the number of women in academic life has soared by 43
per cent since the mid-1990s. But women are more likely to be on short
contracts and in lower-paid jobs.
AUT’s research also suggests that
the glass ceiling continues to pervade university life. In almost all cases,
the proportion of women decreased with the seniority of the grade:
Hunt, AUT’s general
secretary said: ‘This report provides yet more evidence of the discrimination
faced by women working in our universities.
are paid less, are more likely to be employed on a casual basis and continue to
occupy the more junior grades. It is time for our universities to take some
real action to solve this scandal.”