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Research insight – Actions to mitigate the gender pay gap in English higher education

Published: 27/09/2018

This fifth Research Insight extends our previous research on the gender pay gap by using the public pay gap statements from 122 English higher education institutions (HEIs) to identify the most frequently mentioned gender equality initiatives currently operating in English HEIs and their association with institutional size, mission group and Athena SWAN participation.

This fifth Research Insight extends our previous research on the gender pay gap by using the public pay gap statements from 122 English higher education institutions (HEIs) to identify the most frequently mentioned gender equality initiatives currently operating in English HEIs and their association with institutional size, mission group and Athena SWAN participation.

Out of the 88 initiatives identified in the narratives, the actions that HEIs mentioned most frequently centred on flexible working options, leadership training and mentoring and unconscious bias training for staff.

Additional comparisons revealed that specific HEIs were more likely to mention having unconscious bias training in place. However, for the most part, the types of actions an institution has implemented to help mitigate their gender pay gap tended to be unrelated to their total number of staff, mission group and Athena SWAN participation.

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