Women in the UK academic medicine workforce

Med Educ. 2007 Sep;41(9):909-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2007.02825.x.


Objectives: This study aimed to compare data on the employment profiles (such as grade, place of work, etc.) of male and female clinical academics.

Methods: We carried out a comparative review of workforce data within academic medicine for 2004 and 2005, pertaining to the workforce in all specialties in UK medical schools.

Results: We identified 3255 and 3365 lecturers, senior lecturers, readers and professors in 2004 and 2005, respectively, of whom 21% were women. In 2004 and 2005, 12% and 11%, respectively, of 1157 and 1364 UK medical professors were women. The number of women filling such positions in individual schools ranged from 0% to 33% across schools. The total numbers of women post-holders and their full-time equivalents were similar, indicating that the majority of posts were full-time.

Conclusions: In England only 1 in 10 medical clinical professors are women. At the onset of the study period, 6 medical schools employed no female professors, with a consequent lack of female role models at these institutions. Large variations between schools suggest that some workforce practices may be detrimental to women's academic careers.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Career Mobility*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physicians, Women / statistics & numerical data*
  • Teaching / statistics & numerical data
  • United Kingdom
  • Workforce