Gender Equality Monitoring


The purpose of Gender Equality Monitoring is to systematically evaluate data related to gender equality at UZH. The Office for Gender Equality and Diversity has been preparing the Gender Equality Monitoring report on behalf of the Executive Board of the University since 2007. The report provides concrete data on the implementation of UZH's Gender Policy Code of Conduct.


The publications are currently available in German only. You can download them from our German Website: Gleichstellungsmonitoring

2018 Data: Key Figures at a Glance

Please find below the key facts from 2018.

Leaky Pipeline

The leaky pipeline depicts the gender ratio at individual career stages.

The proportion of women entering university in 2018 was 60.9%. Women were also in the majority on the graduate level with 59.4%. On the level of doctoral studies, the women ratio was 54.8%. This is a slight decrease compared to 2017.

At the postdoctoral level, the gender ratio is almost balanced. The proportion of women in 2018 was 47.7%. From the assistant professorship level on, however, the gap opens. The proportion of women here is only 36.6%. Nevertheless, there has been a positive development: in 2017 the ratio of female assistant professors was only 33.3%.

At the level of full and associate professorships women are strongly under-represented. They only account for 21.1% of all professorships. Still, there was an increase of one percentage point compared to 2017.


As of 31 December 2018, there are two female Board members from a total of seven and two female members on the University Executive Board from a total of seven members. One of the University’s seven faculties and 31 of the 181 institutes, departments, clinics and centers in total are led by women.


From the 676 professorships (full, associate and assistant professorships) in total, 24.4% are women. The share of female professors has been increasing very slowly and in small increments each year.


The percentage of female UZH employees range from 24.4% for professors to 65.6% among administrative and technical staff. The ratio of men and women working as non-professorial academic staff is balanced at 53.6%.