University IMPACT Champion

Paul Boyle

Men and women have a joint responsibility to achieve gender equality. We should aim to deliver fundamental change within a generation, so my two daughters and two sons take it for granted that they will be judged on their merits, not their gender.

Impact Commitments


Close the gap between men and women in key academic and career areas, in both directions.


The University of Leicester is dedicated to achieving gender parity for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members. Setting the tone from the top, the University of Leicester will aim to increase the representation of women in leadership and faculty positions, to achieve 30% representation of women in professorships by 2020 (1.5% per annum increase). Taking a true ‘HeForShe’ approach, the University has identified the six disciplines with the largest disparity between male and female enrollment, committing to aim for a percentage-point-change towards gender parity every year; the University will support men to pursue psychology, as well as women passionate about engineering.1


Create a cultural transformation around gender.


The University of Leicester aims to ensure all students and staff feel empowered to pursue their ambitions; the University will accelerate its progress towards gender parity by integrating a gender challenge and equality & diversity awareness into activities including induction, curricula, careers guidance and partnership arrangements. The University’s HeForShe team will highlight gender equality externally and internally, elevating the conversation around equality, to reach a broad audience of men and women.


The University of Leicester aims to ensure all students and staff feel empowered to pursue their ambitions; the University will accelerate its progress towards gender parity by integrating a gender challenge and equality & diversity awareness into activities including induction, curricula, careers guidance and partnership arrangements. The University’s HeForShe team will highlight gender equality externally and internally, elevating the conversation around equality, to reach a broad audience of men and women.


The University of Leicester will highlight gender equality externally and internally, elevating the conversations to ensure they are reaching a broad audience of men and women. The university will actively track progress on gender equality, identifying strong performers and laggards. HeForShe will be used as a platform to galvanize students and to hold the university accountable to progress on an annual basis.


1. Computer Science: 15% female, 85% male, Engineering: 11% female, 89% male, Physics & Astronomy: 27% female, 73% male, Psychology: 81% female, 19% male, Media & Communications: 81% female, 19% male, Sociology: 80% female, 20% male.

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