Units of application are expected to provide data analysis and interpretation to support their application, demonstrating their understanding of the trends including student and staff numbers (including applications, competition and success rates), turnover, course completion and career progression.
Although the application relates to local situations and progress, it is usually helpful to be aware of comparison with the national picture. The following sources of data might be helpful to those wishing to benchmark themselves.
- Equality Challenge Unit – Equality in Higher Education: statistical reports using data returned by institutions to HESA (2008–2012). The reports present an equality-focused analysis of information on staff and students during the previous academic year, including year-on-year comparison, covering gender, ethnicity, disability, age and multiple identities.
- Dental Schools Council – Clinical academic staffing levels in UK medical and dental schools. These reports publish data provided by medical and dental schools directly to the Dental Schools Council and Medical Schools Council, analysed by age, gender, academic grade, region and specialty. There are detailed appendices within the annual reports. For the purpose of the reports, a clinical academic is defined as a General Dental Council or General Medical Council registrant with a substantive university contract of employment, and honorary NHS contract.
Further information about the reports can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Higher Education Statistics Agency – HESA publishes statistics relating to staff and students based on annual institutional returns. Some of the headline statistics are free of charge to download; sets of tables are available to download for a fee. Students are advised to access HESA here; staff can go here. Institutions contributing to the HESA returns are eligible to use HEIDI (the Higher Education Information Database for Institutions), which allows you to manipulate the statistical data to create your own reports.
- Office of Science and Technology (2002) SET FAIR – The Greenfield Report on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
- Office of Science and Technology (2003) A Strategy for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
- Medical Schools Council (2007) Women in Clinical Academia: Attracting and Developing the Medical and Dental Workforce of the Future
Data collected by the Medical Schools Council in the annual Clinical Academic Survey show that there is a gender disparity in clinical academic medicine and dentistry, which increases as women move up the career ladder, from lecturer to senior lecture to professor. To address this, the Medical Schools Council convened a Working Group in early 2006 to examine issues affecting the career progression of women in academic medicine and dentistry.
- Medical Women’s Federation (2007) Women in Academic Medicine. Developing equality in governance and management for career progression
- McKinsey and Company (2007) Women Matter: Gender diversity, a Corporate Performance Driver
- BMA (2008) Women in Academic Medicine project. Women in academic medicine: Developing equality in governance and management for career progression
- Royal College of Physicians (2009) Women and medicine: the future
- Department of Health (2009) Women doctors: making a difference – report of the Chair of the National Working Group on Women in Medicine
- Equality Challenge Unit (2011) Measuring Success
- Council of Canadian Academies (2012) Strengthening Canada’s Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension
- Equality Challenge Unit (2012) Mentoring: progressing women’s careers in higher education
The report draws on case studies from five higher education institutions to provide guidance in developing, delivering and measuring the impact of successful mentoring initiatives for women in higher education.
- Hefce (2012) Rates of qualification from postgraduate research degrees: Projected study outcomes of full-time students starting postgraduate research degrees in 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 (this is not subject-specific)
- Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012) Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics: a strategy for Scotland
- Oxtoby, K (2009) Women in Medicine, BMJ Careers
- Ceci, SJ and Williams, WM (2010) Understanding current causes for women’s underrepresentation in science, PNAS
- Brennan, P (2012) Women in biomedicine: Athena Swan analysis reveals promotion roadblocks, The Guardian
- Brennan, P (2013) Women in STEM: four steps to a stronger Athena SWAN application, The Guardian
- McEwan, JR (2010) Engaging women I academic medicine in the UK: report of at the Association of Physicians Annual Meeting, 2 April 2009. Quarterly Medical Journal (QMJ), pp.635–639
- Rice, C (2013) 6 Steps to Gender Equality: How every university can get more Women to the top and why they should