Teaching loads, family responsibilities and lack of research resources and mentors have hampered the progress of women in universities. And when the pandemic hit, it made the situation worse.
Underlying the design and implementation of these schemes is perhaps a perception that women’s employment is an optional extra. This could not be more mistaken.
The chancellor’s plan lacks both the broader reforms and vision needed to tackle the crisis. It also fails to offer any clear plan for recovery.
Why everyone working less could help alleviate the COVID-19 economic crisis.
In 2016, women represented just 29% of workers with university qualifications in science, technology, engineering or maths. And that was before the pandemic disruption.