What is the proportion of women and men within the University of Liège, among students and staff? The ULiège draws up its gender map, as well as the actions - in progress or to come - which tend towards the best possible balance.

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Female and male students

The proportion of women among undergraduate and postgraduate students remains stable at around 58%.

Women are in the majority in the Faculties of Psychology (81.6%), Veterinary Medicine (73.5%), Philosophy and Letters (66.3%), Social Sciences (66%), Law (64%), Medicine (61.6%) and Architecture (51.5%).

In contrast, women are in the minority in the Faculty of Applied Sciences (24.8%), HEC (44.3%), the Faculty of Science (44.5%) and Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (45.6%).

Post-Master survey

One year after graduation, as many female graduates as male graduates have a job or a paid internship (63% of women and 63% of men), the other graduates being in a PhD programme, continuing their studies or applying for a job. However, 50% of men have a full-time permanent contract compared to only 38% of women. Nearly one in five women would be employed part-time, compared to 8% of men.

Women are slightly more likely to be employed in the civil service as contract workers (10% compared to 7% of men) and more likely to be self-employed (16% compared to 12% of men).

The data on salaries are interesting. Women are more numerous in the low wage categories. Conversely, there are more men in the higher wage categories. 21% of women would have a net salary of less than 1500 euros against 12% of men, while 34% of men would have a salary of more than 2000 euros against only 26% of women.

Female and male researchers

Women represent +- 51% of the scientific staff, and are distributed in similar proportions among permanent scientists (50%) and temporary scientists (52%). Most of them are under 35 years old (58%), similar to the situation of male scientific staff (58%).

Women account for 47% of doctoral graduates, compared to 42% in 2009. In particular, they are 44% in humanities and social sciences, 57% in health sciences and 41% in science and technology, the sector with the highest number of PhDs.

Women are well represented among researchers at the beginning of their careers (52%), but their proportion decreases as their careers progress (post-doctorate or equivalent: 46%; confirmed researchers: 33%).

Women represent 41% of FNRS aspirants, 47% of post-docs and 31% of qualified researchers.

Academic staff

In 2020, 27% of the academic staff will be women:

  •     28.5% of lecturers (71 women for 178 men) for 26% in 2009.
  •     29.1% of female professors (58 women for 141 men) for 16% in 2009.
  •     24% of ordinary female professors (45 women for 145 men) for 9% in 2009.

Although there has been an increase, they remain a minority at all levels of the academic career. There is also a great disparity in the proportion of women professors and lecturers in the different Faculties, with 5 Faculties where women are less than 20% of the professors.
However, in the last promotion (2018), 16 women were appointed as full professors for 7 men. 16 women were promoted to the rank of professor for 14 men.

Honorary Doctors

20% of the honorary doctors at ULiège are women.
However, in the 2020 edition, they are in the majority with 6 women out of the 11 laureates.

Councils, deaneries, directorates

For the first time in its history, the University of Liège has a female Vice-Rector (2018) and an Administrator (2020).
Currently, there is no female dean. On the other hand, every second vice-dean is a woman (7 in teaching and 4 in research).
On the board of directors, there are 10 women out of 43 members.
here is a policy to better balance their representation in the sectoral research councils with 20 women for 27 men.
The administrative directorates are almost exclusively occupied by women (7 women for 3 men).

Stimulating the arrival and retention of women

These figures are obviously a challenge. Waiting for the trends to be reversed does not seem to be an option for a university that aims for excellence in all areas: teaching, research, but also its own practices. So how can we change the way our institution operates?

As Anne-Sophie Nyssen, Vice-Rector of the University of Liège, responsible in particular for welfare issues, points out, "it is not appropriate to impose parity, but rather to stimulate the arrival and retention of women in the various functions by means of behaviour and actions put in place within ULiège. I will be particularly attentive to the representation of women in the various commissions and in the proposals for honorary doctorates. I hope that the practical guide "Equality in Language" will also contribute to changing the culture for greater justice and against all forms of discrimination."

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