Female authors listed on just 30% of recent UK academic research

Progress rate ‘disheartening’, says expert as 2014-17 figure is small improvement on 2006-09

Women are listed as authors of just 30% of academic research from British universities, according to a major new ranking of higher education institutions.

Although the number of women named as authors is gradually increasing, the slow pace was described by one expert as “disheartening”. The 30% figure is for studies published between 2014 and 2017, which is an improvement from an average of just under 26% between 2006 and 2009.

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