Challenging Bias

Female academics serve uni committees at a cost to their careers

As someone who left Academia over a decade ago, but who still works with the Higher Education sector, I was interested to see the latest research on how the activities male and female academics undertake differ, and what impact that may have on their careers. According to American Research in Higher Education it seems female academics do more ‘service work’ with students and internal committees than their male colleagues. It could be argued that interaction with students and the smooth running of a University department should be the fundamental part of how an Academic is appraised. However, this highlights what many of my clients have long suspected; that women tend to spend more time on these responsibilities which support others – potentially at a cost to their research time – a key measurable on how Academics are actually judged. Makes us wonder – what do you do on the job to support others that gets very little recognition?