We kunnen niet tolereren dat vrouwen ondervertegenwoordigd zijn in de top van de wetenschap, het bedrijfsleven en het openbaar bestuur, zei minister Dijkgraaf vandaag tijdens een internationale conferentie over Women's Empowerment.
We cannot allow women to be underrepresented in the top echelons of science, business and public administration, Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf said this week at an international conference on Women’s Empowerment.
In honour of the International Women’s Day 2022 on 8 March, Vrijhof Culture organized a get-together dedicated to ‘breaking the bias’. Participants literally started with a blank canvas, jointly filling it up with one work of art celebrating women. The event also served as an occasion to reopen an exhibit of ‘Women in Mathematics’ and ‘forgotten’ female inventors in Vrijhof on campus.
Would you boldly go where nobody like you has gone before? ‘That is the power of role models: they inspire you and show you what is possible. Without their example, you’ll stay in your own bubble.’ Today, on the International Women’s Day, seven women from the UT share stories about their personal role models and what (female) representation means to them.
Students or researchers? PhD and PDEng candidates fall into a category of their own. What is it like to navigate the sometimes lonely road towards a doctoral degree? In this monthly series, we put young academics of the University of Twente in the limelight. This episode gives the stage to Verena Menzel from the Mathematics of Operations Research group.
P-NUT (PhD Network of the University of Twente) has started a new initiative to support female doctoral candidates. ‘We want to raise awareness of challenges women face and create a safe group where you can share anything,’ says the group’s founder, PhD researcher Aurora Ruiz Rodríguez.
The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) held its online New Year meeting today. The annual event brought a discussion about the percentage of female scientists at the UT, as well as the role of FFNT. ‘We considered if FFNT should change name and focus on diversity in a broader context, but we concluded that we still need to focus on academic career of women.’
Voor vrouwen is het moeilijker dan voor mannen om carrière te maken aan de universiteit. Het aandeel vrouwelijke hoogleraren stijgt gestaag, maar het glazen plafond is niet verdwenen. Op de UT is 20 procent van de hoogleraren vrouw, het doel is 25 procent in 2025.
It is harder for women than for men to build a career at a university. The proportion of women professors is rising steadily but the glass ceiling has not disappeared, according to the new Women Professors Monitor. At the UT, 20 percent of professors are women and the goal is to reach 25 percent of female professors by 2025.
Running a new Hypatia Chair campaign, exploring possibilities to attract female students and conducting an internal soft audit. These are some of the actions outlined in the new Gender Equality Plan (GEP) from the University of Twente.
Ruim een kwart van alle professoren aan de Nederlandse universiteiten is nu een vrouw, blijkt uit de nieuwste cijfers. De meeste universiteiten, waaronder de Universiteit Twente, hebben hun streefcijfers behaald.
On paper, people of all genders have the same opportunities to ‘rise up the ranks’ in academia. Yet, the numbers don’t add up. Women currently account to 21% of full professors at the University of Twente – which is still a major increase compared to twenty or even ten years ago. Three female professors, who have worked at the UT for decades, share their experiences and their advice. ‘The situation was definitely worse when I started.’
Op papier hebben mensen van alle seksen dezelfde kansen om 'hogerop te komen' in de academische wereld. Toch kloppen de cijfers niet. Momenteel is 21% van de hoogleraren aan de Universiteit Twente vrouw, wat nog wel een grote stijging is ten opzichte van twintig of zelfs tien jaar geleden. Drie vrouwelijke hoogleraren, die al tientallen jaren aan de UT werken, delen hun ervaringen en hun adviezen. 'De situatie was zeker slechter toen ik begon.'
Findings published in the Women Professors Monitor 2020 showed that the UT has only 17% of female associate professors – a percentage even lower than the number of full female professors, which is now at 21%. Are there specific hurdles than women encounter when climbing up the academic ladder? Based on multitude of interviews with female scientists at the UT, one answer comes to mind: (lack of) support.
The number of female associate professors at the UT is low compared to other universities. While the national average is 29.4%, only 17% of all UT associate professors are women. ‘We need to consider this with great care,’ says Vanessa Magnanimo, chairwoman of Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT).
The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. As an organisation set up to promote gender diversity at the UT, it has witnessed many successes but the board still sees a lot of room for improvement. ‘Our main goal is that we are not needed anymore.’
‘My main goal is being useful while satisfying my curiosity,’ says Armagan Kocer (49), newly appointed professor of Bioelectric Signaling and Engineering at the UT. In her inaugural lecture today, she’ll talk of her scientific missions, one of which is stopping cancer metastases.