More than 6,500 scientists working in 40 UK universities and a range of publicly-funded Research Institutes responded to online surveys about their career experiences and perceptions. The research is in collaboration with the Athena Project which was set up in 1999.


Key initial findings show that:


Lead researcher Jan Anderson said: "We know encouragement breeds success. But we have to ask if women do not notice the tap on the shoulder or whether for them the encouragement is indeed absent.”

The survery results will relate back to how to improve good practice underpinned by a better understanding of the experiences and perceptions of science academics. Key performance indicators and benchmarking will be developed for use in UK universities.

MEDICA.de; Source: The Athena Project