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5.4 Senior academic positions in NSW universities

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Current position

In NSW universities in 2011, 28 percent of academics above senior lecturer level were women.

Gender gap

  • Senior academics in NSW universities are more than two and a half times more likely to be men than women.
The direction of
change over time

Women’s rise into leadership positions in academia has been slow. As recently as 16 years ago, in 1997, women made up only 16 percent of senior level academics in NSW universities, and 36 percent of all academics.

Two years later, in 1999, 20 percent of academic positions above senior lecturer level in NSW were held by women. This dropped back to 17 percent in 2000, but has increased gradually (by one to two percentage points each year) since then. See Figure 5.13a.

Discussion

In NSW in 2011, women held 44 percent of academic positions, at all levels, in NSW universities. This is an increase of seven percentage points since 1999, when women held 37 percent of all academic positions. See Figure 5.13a.

The category ‘above senior lecturer’ includes Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor, Head of school, college fellow, Associate Professor, principal lecturer and other academic staff in the Level D and E salary classifications. The NSW universities included in this data set are: Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, The University of New England, The University of New South Wales, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong.

Year collected: 2011 and previous years.
Data source: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Selected Higher Education Statistics (Staff). More information is available at www.innovation.gov.au/HigherEducation/HigherEducationStatistics

Figure 5.13a Women’s representation among senior academics in NSW universities, 1999 to 2011

Fig 5.13a

Note: Data refers to full-time equivalent positions for full-time, fractional full-time and actual casual staff. For each year referred to, data for casual staff was collected from 1 January to 31 December of the previous year, while data on permanent full-time and fractional full-time staff was collected as at 31 March of the previous year.
Population: Includes full-time, fractional full-time and actual casual staff of universities in NSW.
Source: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Selected Higher Education Statistics (Staff), accessed via website www.innovation.gov.au/HigherEducation

Figure 5.13b Women leaders in education, NSW

Fig 3.13b

Note: See Indicators 5.25.3 and 5.4 for further details.
Source: NSW Department of Education and Communities, Workforce profile, as at June 2012; Department of industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Selected Higher Education Statistics (Staff) as at 2011.