Open Menu Close Menu

Home Publication ASSET 2016

ASSET 2016

Published: 05/04/2017

Experiences surrounding gender equality in STEMM academia and the intersections with ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age.

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 the results of the ASSET 2016 survey in a new report.


Full report

Note: The full version of the ASSET 2016 report was updated 20.11.2017 to include additional details on the number of respondents who indicated ‘Other’ and ‘Prefer not to say’ when asked about their sex.

Summary report


We have produced 16 infographics relating to results of the 2016 ASSET survey. Download them now and follow the conversation on Twitter #AthenaSTEMM16.

Press release

Our press release can also be downloaded.

Note: If you downloaded a copy of the full report before 18.04.2017, please note that the proportion of heterosexual female respondents in figure on page 112 was incorrect. This error has been amended in the full report and is available to download.

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