Best practice in equality – Gender diversity as a major factor in Quality Management at the Leibniz Universität Hannover

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Author(s)Gabriele Diewald, Helga Gotzmann, Susanne Jaudzims
This paper presents a specific institutional quality assurance approach concerning gender equality at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, and its implications and possible generalizations to comparable institutions of research and higher education.
As gender is a central aspect of diversity which still leads to dysfunctional under representation of women in higher academic positions and in excellent research clusters particularly in the fields of science and engineering, gender equality is seen as a major factor of quality assurance in research and teaching. Though the Leibniz Universität Hannover has implemented a broad range of successful measures for gender equality in the past two decades, a major challenge lies in the task of integrating gender equality as quality assurance on all levels of the university (administration, faculties, institutes, working environment) and of continually evaluating the results of relevant programmes and activities. The paper presents new approaches of the Leibniz Universität Hannover towards the integration of gender as a quality factor, whereby institutional creativity in the light of marked internal diversity among the various stake-holders is a basic prerequisite. Possible transfer of individual measures and possible conceptual generalizations will be discussed.
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