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Universities’ response to gender equity plans rings hollow

   

Research managers can be stronger advocates for diversity, say Jakob Feldtfos Christensen and Lachlan Smith

Europe’s research institutions like to trumpet their efforts to champion women in research and celebrate diversity. So you might think that they leapt at the chance to devise the gender-equity plans that, as of this year, are a requirement of Horizon Europe funding applications.

Perhaps some universities have done great work on the plans. Unfortunately, though, what we consistently hear from research managers is that the question from senior management is: how little can we get away with?

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