Top engineering university to open jobs exclusively to women

Eindhoven University of Technology aims to address ‘implicit gender bias’.

 

 Women make up a majority of engineers and scientists in only five EU member states. The UK and EU averages are both 41%. 

 

Job vacancies at one of Europe’s leading engineering universities will be open exclusively to female candidates for at least the next 18 months in order to overcome the institution’s “implicit gender bias”.

 

The rector of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Frank Baaijens, said progress towards a better balance of men and women in academic roles had been stubbornly slow.

 

Under the new recruitment policy, men will only be eligible for any academic post if no suitable female candidates emerge within six months of a job becoming available.

 

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