Gender Pay Gap Task Group

The Gender Pay Gap Task Group has been established to better understand the nature and causes of the distribution of the gender pay gap and to recommend action to address these. The final report of the Gender Pay Gap Task Group will be reported to the University's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the University's Management Advisory Group in May 2019.

The objectives of the Gender Pay Gap Task Group are to:

  • Gather data and evidence to produce a thorough and critical analysis of the nature and causes of the gender pay gap at Lancaster University, building on the preliminary Gender Pay Gap Report (published 30 March 2018)
  • Undertake a review, and produce a summary report, of the academic research on issues relating to and impacting on the gender pay gap and of best practice within global Higher Education and other sectors on addressing gender pay gaps
  • Develop a set of recommendations that are evidence-based and will enable the formation of a strategic action plan by University leadership, based on this quantitative and qualitative analysis, to address and counter the causes of the high gender pay gap at Lancaster University with estimated costs of key actions
  • Engage and communicate effectively with the University as a whole in delivering the above objectives
  • Transform Lancaster as a leader in this area, with all the associated benefits in terms of its continued excellence

The Gender Pay Gap Task Group has identified a number of work packages, which have been investigated to further understand the nature and causes of the gender pay gap at Lancaster and to recommend actions. These work packages are subject to change following further analysis of our gender pay gap and consultation with staff. The work packages are shown below:

  • Professorial and Senior Staff Bands Lead: Prof. Maria Piacentini and Prof. Claire Leitch
  • Professional Services Lead: Dr Paul Harness
  • Academic Promotions and Pipeline Lead: Prof. Kate Cain/ Prof. Brian Francis
  • Recruitment and Appointments (Academic and Professional Services) Lead: Marie Knox-Davis