half down, half to go ... 55% of higher education boards achieve gender parity

The higher education sector is making considerable progress in diversifying their governing boards – that is the key finding from the 3rd WomenCount: Leaders in Higher Education report, published last month.
The report, launched by Norma Jarboe CBE, shows women now make up 40% of all higher education governing body members and 27% of governing bodies chaired by women. However, progress is not even across all institutions – just over half (55%) of the individual governing bodies are gender balanced, with having 40%-60% women members. This means there are another 45% who still have work to do…
This progress certainly chimes with our experience at Women on Boards. We regularly post vacancies from universities and other Higher Education Institutions around the country. We know many of our members have successfully secured roles, many with our 1-on-1 support. For example, our subscriber, Kay Boycott, recently got in touch to let us know she’s been appointed to Durham University’s governing body. She says:
“After a break from being an NED, I wanted to add a role to my portfolio again. I joined WOB, attended an information evening and slavishly followed your CV guidance - immediately seeing the ‘success rate’ to shortlist improving.

Stupidly I didn’t take the same approach to interview prep, and metaphorically crashed and burned!  After this, Rowena kindly spared the time to give tips on interview technique for another NED interview. I wasn’t successful that time, but with your advice about persistence and the right fit ringing in my ears I kept going.

I’m pleased to report that just under a year from joining Women on Boards, I’ve been appointed to the Durham University Board. I also feel much more confident about how to present myself as a prospective NED which I hope will serve me well for roles in the future.” 

Find out more and see the full WomenCount: Leaders in Higher Education 2018 report

We will continue to publicise higher education sector vacancies that we are aware of. If you are on a higher education governing body, please do encourage them to advertise any vacancies on our Vacancy Board.

To see our full list of members with new board positions (from any sector), see our On Board page. Do let us know if we need to add you to the list.