Equal opportunities monitoring
Since 1998, the University of Basel has been actively committed to equal opportunities and has implemented the appropriate structures, measures and initiatives in order to make equal opportunities a reality. These wide-ranging activities are aimed at increasing the percentage of women at higher levels of the academic career ladder and in leadership positions.
The annual gender equality monitoring documents the targeted increase in the proportion of women at the higher academic career levels. The following graphs are based primarily on internal university data sources. The detailed Equality Monitoring 2022 with a comparison with other Swiss universities based on BfS data will be available here next fall.
Development of professorships
The proportion of female professors at the University of Basel is steadily increasing, so that from 2021 to 2022 the proportion of female professors increased by 2% from 25% to 27%. As of the end of 2022, there are 103 female professors and 283 male professors at the University of Basel.
At the level of assistant professorships, the proportion of women is particularly high: for assistant professorships without a tenure track, the proportion is 50%, with 18 female professors and 18 male professors. The proportion of women in assistant professorships with tenure track has decreased slightly compared to 2021 and amounts to 43% with 10 female professors and 13 male professors. On the other hand, promotions and the appointment of two men and two women to the next level, the associate professorships, resulted in an increase to 28%.
Almost all faculties were able to increase the proportion of their female professors last year. At the Faculty of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, it has risen consistently over the past five years, most recently from 46% in 2021 to 47% in 2022. The same applies to the Faculty of Science; here it most recently rose from 18% to 19%. At the Faculty of Medicine, the proportion of female professors has risen from 19% to 21% in the last year, remaining constant over the last five years. In the smaller faculties, significant fluctuations can be expected over the years due to the small number of professorships; however, from 2021 to 2022, there were increases in the proportion of female professors at almost all faculties: At the Faculty of Business and Economics it increased from 20% to 23%, at the Faculty of Theology from 22% to 25%, and at the Faculty of Law from 32% to 33%. At the Faculty of Psychology it remained at 18%.
Boards and Commissions
The proportion of women in the Senate has fallen by 6% in the last year and is now 34%. In university-wide commissions, there are still 31% women. In the governing bodies (President’s Board, University Council, President’s Conference and Faculty Management), the proportion of women is 19%. The faculty leadership (deans, deans of studies, deans of research) is still mostly male, with two female deans and 21 male deans.
The leaky pipeline shows the gender ratio across all career stages. While women outnumber men at the degree level, the ratio reverses at the professorship level. The University of Basel continues to take measures to retain female scientists on its track and thus increase the proportion of women at all academic levels, especially at the level of professorships (Action Plan Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 2022-2025).