WomenCAN: Breaking Promotion Barriers; Changing University Cultures

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Project Details


Promotions practices work as gatekeepers for women academics, filtering who gets through, who is deemed to meet the grade, who is successful, or not. In higher education institutional contexts of gendered inequality in which ‘merit sticks to men’ (Woodhams et al., 2022), this project explores the structural and micropolitical work that promotions criteria and promotions practices do in regulating academic women’s promotion. WomenCAN is a UKRI/University of Bath funded project which includes a survey with Heads and Deputy Heads of Department, narrative interviews with 20 senior women academics, and a bespoke coaching course.

Layman's description

The WomenCAN project explores promotions practices in the context of gendered institutional inequalities.
Short title22,000
Effective start/end date9/01/2330/04/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • promotion, women, higher education

RCUK Research Areas

  • Education


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