At WBS we are committed to the promotion of gender equality and the Athena Swan ten key principles. Whilst we believe there is a strong business case for providing equal opportunities for men and women, our commitment to Athena Swan is first and foremost normative – we believe it is the right thing to do. This programme of work is given high priority within WBS. It is led by a self-assessment team, which includes the Dean Professor Andy Lockett and the WBS executive team.
The challenge is considerable. Across UK business schools as a whole, the representation of women in senior positions is poor. UK business schools suffer from the so-called ‘leaky pipeline’; at each level in the hierarchy (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Reader, Full Professor) the proportion of women declines. Globally, reflecting the gendered nature of management as an occupational group, MBA courses tend to recruit more men than women. These are well-known and general problems in the business school community, which we are working hard to address within our School.