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Gender balance in leadership and decision-making

Gender parity quotas

The Bremen Higher Education Act and the university’s basic regulations provide for gender parity quotas. Similar regulations apply to appointment and selection committees for all tenure-track positions as well as for the central Tenure Board, a new permanent committee of the Academic Senate.

Program for female deans

Attracting female academics for leadership positions at central university level and at the faculties is an elementary component of the outlook discussions between university executive board and the dean’s offices. As a result, the University of Bremen offers a financial incentive as well as an opportunity for female professors to take on dean and vice dean positions since 2020. Each female dean and vice dean receives 20,000 € annually during their term of office. The funds are at the free disposal of the (vice) dean. They can be used for support staff or to pursue one's own academic interests. The funds can also be used for gender equality activities of the respective department.