FFNT survey 2010 - Introduction

The UT Female Faculty Network dedicates a lot of energy to the professional development of their members as well as raising the awareness of gender related issue at the university. In order to identify the needs for professional training areas as well as to understand the practices and culture of different faculties in terms of promoting women careers, FFNT developed a survey and barometer test in 2009. We believe that the findings of the survey may be beneficial not only to the FFNT members but also to the larger university community.

The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology has developed a list of personnel policy instruments that proved to attract and keep more women in academia. The FFNT Board adapted the questionnaire from the UK Resource Centre for Women in order to identify the personnel policy instruments and practices in different faculties at the UT and the perceived importance of these issues by the FFNT members. In addition, the Board added the barometer test questions developed by a professional career trainer Esther Mollema in order to identify the areas for professional development courses to be offered by FFNT.

The survey was sent to all the FFNT members on 21 December 2009 and closed on 30 January 2010. 21% of FFNT members participated in the survey. The two respondents who were not faculty members, where left out of the analysis. Given the response rate we do not aim to generalize the outcomes of the survey to the whole FFNT membership, but treat them as an indication of how career development opportunities and organizational practices at the UT are perceived by some of the FFNT members.

The first group of questions dealt with the incentives for personal development. The second group of questions aimed to understand the career promotion processes at the faculty. The third group of questions dealt with organizational culture. The spread across the different university faculties is more or less evenly divided except for a rather low response from CTW (see Table 1).

Table 1. Respondents by faculty

 

MB

GW

CTW

EWI

TNW

Other

Total

respondents

13

11

4

11

8

2

49

Members FFNT

46

48

29

52

49

12

236

Looking at the respondents’ profile, the highest response (38%) comes from female academics (assistant, associate and full professors) with permanent contracts (see Table 2).

Table 2. Respondents by position

 

Professor

UD/UHD

Postdoc

PhD student

Other

Total

Number

3=38%

23=38%

5=13%

13=13%

5

49

Members FFNT

8

61 

38

100

29

236