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Invitation to participate in focus groups on gender, progression and promotion at the University of Cambridge

last modified Jun 23, 2017 03:08 PM

Invitation to participate in focus groups on gender, progression and promotion at the University of Cambridge


To inform the University’s investigation into what influences the gender pay gap, the Gender Equality Steering Group (GESG) are undertaking a series of focus groups to explore how promotion and progression are experienced and perceived by staff in all job types at the University of Cambridge. Data indicates that an area of concern may be the lack of women in higher graded positions across all staff groups.


GESG would like to invite members of Academic, Academic-Related, Assistant and Research staff to a series of focus groups seeking to find out more about their experiences and perspectives of career promotion and progression within the University.


For staff in Academic roles we would in particular like to engage with staff who have either not been successful, or chosen not to apply, through the Senior Academic Promotion Scheme.


Your contribution will help us to identify areas that could be improved, as well as to share examples of good practice. This will be vital in planning for the future with the findings of these focus groups reported back to the GESG in Michaelmas term.


The focus groups will be confidential and spaces are limited. The dates and locations of the focus groups are as follows:


Staff group



Academic- STEMM focus

Hicks Room, University Centre

5 July




Seminar Room G, 17 Mill Lane

7 July



Seminar Room G, 17 Mill Lane

7 July

2pm- 4pm



Newman Library, Postdoc Centre, Biomedical Campus


12 July



To express an interest in attending or any further questions, please ring by Monday 3 July on 01223 (7)65807 / (3) 32286, or email on

Please tell us about any access, translation, or food requirements when booking. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to share your views and experiences but are unable to come to a focus group, please contact Gina and we will provide an alternative means to capture your feedback.

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