Why do UK universities have such large gender pay gaps?

By Fran Amery (University of Bath), Stephen Holden Bates (University of Birmingham), Stephen McKay (University of Lincoln), Cherry Miller (University of Tampere), Zoe Pflaeger Young (De Montfort University), Taylor Billings (University of Birmingham), Rebecca Hayton (University of Birmingham), Marianne Holt (University of Birmingham), Jasmine Khatri (University of Birmingham), Molly Marvin (Independent Scholar), Lola Ogunsanya (University of Birmingham), Alice Ramdehal (University of Birmingham) and Rosa-Louise Sullivan (University of Birmingham)[i].

The gender pay gap in academia is once again in the news, as universities start to release their gender pay gap reports for 2019.

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The Gender & Early Career Researcher REF Gaps

by Fran Amery, Stephen Bates and Steve McKay

Men in psychology, economics and biology are so good at research that 29-30% achieved 4* outputs in the last Research Exercise Framework (REF). Women in theology; anthropology & development studies; sociology; aeronautical, mechanical, chemical and manufacturing engineering; civil and construction engineering; agriculture, veterinary and food science (and men in art & design) are perhaps not so impressive: only 13-14% achieved 4* outputs in these units of assessment (UoA). Overall, 22% of men and 19% of women submitted to the REF produced 4* outputs. These apparent differences in purported research quality were highlighted in one of the supplementary reports accompanying the recent metrics review by HEFCE, The Metric Tide*.

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Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (II)

by Fran Amery, Stephen Bates & Steve McKay

This is the second of two posts on gender and the Research Excellence Framework (you may also be interested in this post on what titles of outputs submitted to the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment tell us about (sub-)disciplinary trends).

In our first post, we used the REF submissions data in order to offer a new ‘survey’ of political scientists. We looked at the ratio of men to women across different universities, and with different levels of seniority. In this post, we focus more on the outcomes of the REF and, in particular, the association between the outcomes and the proportion of men and women in each submission.

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Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (I)

by Fran Amery, Stephen Bates & Steve McKay

Ever wondered about the gendered dimensions of the REF returns and rankings for the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment? Well wonder no longer.

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