Dutch Uni in preferential treatment row

29th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The University of Groningen has been reproached by the Equal Opportunities Commission over its decision to appoint 12 female professors.

The university created special chairs which were only available to women who were already senior university lecturers. The Commission ruled that men should also have been able to apply for the new jobs.

The newly appointed female professors will not be asked to resign their posts, but the University of Groningen has announced it will change its appointment procedures.

Groningen student union Chair Marlinde Gras said: " The University is fortunately doing its best to give women an honest chance, but this time they have really gone too far".

The union has consistently opposed the appointments, and argues for more structural measures to increase the number of women in top positions instead. One of the proposed measures is enabling women to work part-time in senior positions.

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