Equal opportunities in figures

What is the percentage of women at the professorship level at WU? How many men graduate from a WU degree program? And how have these figures developed in recent years? These and other data on gender relations are collected annually at WU and published in the Equal Opportunities Report.

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Important developments in 2022:

  • The percentage of women in senior faculty positions (full professors) reached a new high of 31%. The percentage of women among newly recruited professors was 67%. In total, three people were appointed full professors pursuant to § 98 of the Universities Act and started working at WU in 2022, including two women and one man. However, due to the small size of the absolute numbers (n[female professors]=33.69) and the underlying total number of employees in this personnel category (n[professors]=108.04), short-term fluctuations in these percentages should be interpreted with caution, as any individual female professor who leaves the university or goes on a leave of absence is enough to significantly change this ratio. WU is implementing a number of measures to further increase the percentage of women in senior faculty (see our web pages on equal opportunities and gender equality).

  • The percentage of women at the associate professor level also continued to rise in 2022, climbing to 46% (up from 40% in 2021).

  • The percentage of women at the senior assistant professor level moved in the opposite direction. The percentage of women in this category decreased to 41%, down from 54% in the previous year.

  • In the previous years, the percentage of women in tenure-track positions has always been 50% or more. In 2022, 51% of all tenure-track positions were held by women. This development is due to special support measures that are in place. Among other things, a total of 14 habilitation positions have been advertised exclusively for women since 2007.

  • The downward trend in the percentage of women at the level of teaching and research associates and post-docs observed in recent years has not continued, at least not in the case of post-docs. The percentage of women in this category rose from 44% to 46%. Among the teaching and research associates, the percentage of women remained stable at 49%.

  • In 2022, the percentage of women among applicants for research funding increased significantly from 36% to 45%. It is noteworthy that the share of the funding volume awarded to women continued to increase in 2022: At 52%, as in the previous year, the share of the funding volume awarded to women was significantly higher than the percentage of women applicants (45%).

  • At the second and third management levels in WU’s administrative staff, the share of women developed in opposite directions: At the second management level (heads of WU’s service units), the share of women among the management personnel rose to 45%, while at the third management level (heads of individual divisions within service units) the share of women further declined to 44%. There is still a considerable gap between these figures and the overall percentage of women among WU’s administrative staff (66%).

  • In terms of degrees awarded at WU, last year’s positive development at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD/doctorate levels continued only in part: The percentage of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women decreased and was just under 47% in 2022, the percentage of master’s degrees awarded to women increased to around 52%, and the percentage of PhD/doctoral degrees awarded to women fell to pre-2021 levels again at around 42%.

  • In the student population, the percentage of women among WU’s bachelor’s students decreased slightly to 46% in 2022. There was also a slight decrease in the percentage of women among master’s students (48%), while the percentage of women among PhD/doctoral students increased slightly (44%).