Gender imbalance in the universities and colleges of Scotland

Education Secretary Michael Russell has raised concerns that there is a gender imbalance in Scotland’s colleges and universities, with too few women holding senior positions.

The problem appears to be most prevalent within the physics, maths and computer technology departments.

Mr Russell has suggested this issue be addressed as a priority with solutions, such as Universities and Colleges becoming more family orientated working environments to attract women into senior positions, a possibility.    

Science must also be given the priority it deserves in school, starting in primary school, to encourage and enthuse girls into the sector.

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