Event Name Emily Yarrow (UoE Business School): ‘REF2014 and its Effects on Female Academics’ Careers in the UK – A Case Study’
Start Date 15th Mar 2017 4:30pm
End Date 15th Mar 2017 6:00pm
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes

Women have long been, and continue to be, underrepresented not only in the professoriate, but also in senior academic management and full-time academic positions in universities throughout the UK. Worryingly, women are still less likely to be submitted for research evaluation exercises than their male colleagues. This research brings together powerful empirical data to address gender inequality in the academy; thereby providing unique insights into the role that research evaluation plays in women’s academic careers. The study investigates how the effects and demands of research evaluation interact with organisational-level inequality regimes and affect female academic career trajectories. An exploratory case study approach was adopted, comprising 80 in-depth, semi-structured qualitative interviews inspired by a life-histories approach, in an anonymous, research-intensive UK university, across the faculties of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The findings of this study suggest that research evaluation in the UK actively contributes to the continuance of gender inequality regimes, though it may potentially be used as a career-path clarification tool, and so also hold advantages for some women.