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Setting the Gender Agenda

Setting the Gender Agenda

4 Dec 2017

The Scottish Funding Council has published a progress report on its Gender Action Plan for further and higher education in Scotland.

Published in August 2016, the SFC Gender Action Plan outlines the actions the organisation will undertake together with colleges and universities to address gender imbalances.

The plan focusses on the twin goals that by 2030 the gap between male and female enrolments at university will be reduced to 5% and that no college or university subject will have a percentage gender imbalance greater than 75/25.

The publication of today’s progress report coincides with a national gender conference bringing together experts and practitioners from across Scotland.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Gender should not be a barrier to people realising their potential and I am concerned by the imbalances that still exist in some careers and courses, for example in STEM or childcare.

“I am heartened by the progress that has already been made since the Gender Action Plan’s inception, as it is imperative schools, colleges and universities work together to widen access to traditionally gendered subjects and support students to make the right choice for them.”

John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“SFC wants to harness the talents, creativity and skills of everyone and is taking a leadership role in equality and diversity.

“Our Gender Action Plan is 15 months old and sets out an ambitious and challenging path to the major changes we want to see by 2030.