These are the top Russell Group universities for promoting gender equality

UK unis are generally lagging behind the rest of the world

Times Higher Education (THE) has released its Impact Rankings for 2022, revealing, among other things, which unis around the world are the best for gender equality.

The ranking gives every university a score, taking into account “universities’ research on the study of gender equality, their policies on gender equality, and their commitment to recruiting and promoting women.”

Chiang Mai University in Thailand takes first position in the global gender equality ranking, shortly followed by the University of Indonesia and Western Sydney University.

In fourth place, and number one in the United Kingdom, is Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), where 52 per cent of senior academic staff are female.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies said: “These results confirm that Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the top performing universities in the world when it comes to the social outcomes we deliver through our work.

“I am especially proud that our University has been recognised globally for our research, policy and practice, and educational excellence in relation to gender equality, health and wellbeing, and reducing inequalities.”

Here are the top ten universities in the UK for gender equality:


While they may thrive academically, most of the Russell Group are lagging behind in the gender equality rankings. King’s College London came out on top as the best Russell Group university in the UK (38th in the world).

King’s was shortly followed by the University of York and the University fo Edinburgh, who were 44th and 75th in the world respectively.

Here are the best Russell Group universities for gender equality:


The University and College Union (UCU) recently announced that as well as further strike action, lecturers at over 40 universities will be launching a marking boycott this term.  One of the reasons lecturers are going on strike is that the gender pay gap currently stands at 16 per cent in the UK university sector, according to UCU estimates.

UCU boss Jo Grady said: “University staff have been clear that many simply cannot contemplate staying in higher education whilst wages fall, workloads rise, and nothing is done to address the rampant use of insecure contracts or shocking equality failings.

“Vice chancellors should be ashamed of this record, but rather than solve this dispute they have become more intransigent than ever. Students and staff alike deserve so much better.”

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