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ASSET 2016: biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences

Published: 26/10/2017

New ASSET 2016 results

The Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET) 2016 assessed the current experiences, expectations and perceptions of gender equality in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) academia.

ECU have published further results of the ASSET 2016 survey in three new reports that focus on biosciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences.


Full report

Note: The full version of the ASSET 2016 report was updated 21.11.2017 to include additional details on the number of respondents who indicated ‘Other’ and ‘Prefer not to say’ when asked about their sex.

Press release

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ASSET 2016 survey

The ASSET 2016 survey covered six aspects of academics’ working life:

  • perceptions of gender equality
  • recruitment
  • job and career
  • caring responsibilities, leave and career breaks
  • training and leadership
  • promotion and development

The survey is available for ECU members to download.

The latest iteration of the survey included:

  • an exploration of survey responses which paints a more detailed picture of the current state of gender equality in STEMM academia
  • an examination of how gender differences vary across academic disciplines and sub-populations (eg for respondents with or without caring responsibilities)
  • an intersectional approach describing how experiences of gender equality vary across other protected characteristics

The Royal SocietyRoyal Academy of EngineeringRoyal Society of Biology and The Academy of Medical Sciences commissioned ECU to design, implement and publish the 2016 version of the ASSET survey.