Equal Pay Day: how we’re taking action

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 10, 2017 10:30 AM |
As the world marks equal pay day, we highlight some of the initiatives that the University of Leicester has put in place to help close the gender pay gap.

The pay gap between men and women will take 100 years to close according to the Women’s Resource Centre and today, the 10 November, has been highlighted by campaigners as the point in the year where a woman on an average wage stops being paid, relative to her male counterparts.

We know that at the University of Leicester there is a real issue with the gender pay gap, but it is something that we are continuing to work hard to change. As Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said last year, if we felt we could move faster than we are, we would.

As a HeForShe Impact Champion we have set ourselves clear and achievable targets. Here are five things that we are doing to close the gender pay gap at the University.

  1. The Aurora leadership programme identifies women who can achieve excellence and supports them to develop and take on leadership roles.
  2. Changes to the promotion and Grade 10 bonus system meant that women received more awards than men last year
  3. The proportion of female professors in STEM has risen
  4. We are now delivering unconscious bias training and have a number of initiatives and funds to help women who are returning to research after childcare.
  5. We jointly fund the the Daphne Jackson Trust fellowship for people who have been out of academia for at least two years. This usually focuses on women who have taken on childcare responsibilities, one of the main reasons women don't progress as well in the academic arena as men.

In terms of our support for women in general, we recently became the first UK university to bring in a policy specifically aimed at supporting women who are going through the Menopause.

We are moving in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do. We will continue to update you on actions we’re taking as a result of our commitment to making the University a fairer and more equal place to work.

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