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 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 (PDF, 1841 KB).


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

2017 Data: Key Figures at a Glance

Please find below the key facts from 2017.

Leaky Pipeline

The leaky pipeline depicts the gender ratio at individual career stages. The percentage of women from the beginning of their studies to the doctoral level is approx. 57.6%. The current figure has now been stable for years. At the postdoc level, the percentage of women is 46.4%. Female Assistant Professorships make up 33.3% of professors (141 in total), up from 28.8% in 2016. In particular, it becomes clear that the gender ratio is more or less balanced up until the level of postdocs, but that a gap then opens up at the assistant professorship level and above, where the percentage of women drops to a mere 20.7%.


As of 31 December 2017, there are two female Board members from a total of eight and one female member on the University Executive Board from a total of six members. Two of the University’s seven faculties and 34 of the 172 institutes, departments, clinics and centers in total are led by women.


From the 663 professorships (full, associate and assistant professorships) in total, 155 or 23.4% are women. In 2017, 18.8% of promoted professors were women, and almost 34% of appointments concerned female professors. The share of female professors has been increasing very slowly and in small increments each year.


The percentage of female UZH employees range from 23.4% for professors to 65.1% among administrative and technical staff. The ratio of men and women working as non-professorial academic staff is balanced at 52.5%.