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The University and College Union announced last year that it was going to take forty years for the gender pay gap in UK higher education to close.
For academics, the gap stands at 12% and has been slowly decreasing in the last few years.
The UCU says that this equates to a shortfall of £6,103 per year for each female academic. In total, this £528 million per year.
The gap is also larger at the so-called ‘elite’ Russell Group institutions at 16.3%. With less than six weeks to go before the gender pay gap reporting deadline, none of these institutions have reported.
In fact, less than 3% of universities have reported into the government portal - out of 109 universities in England, and 130 in the UK, only 3 have submitted: Leeds Art University, University of Salford and University of Kent. At the current pace of change, by the time I retire, the gender pay gap will still exist in academia.