GEP in the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, UniMORE (Italy)

The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UniMORE) has a longstanding tradition (founded in 1175) and currently offers 80 bachelor and master classes through its ten departments. In compliance with the national laws, Unimore recently established a Unified Committee for the promotion of equal opportunities (CUG), that aims to promote gender equality and fight any kind of discrimination within employees and students population.

Based on the assessment activities, the RPO has developed a tailored GEP that considers and addresses the local strengths and weaknesses. The design and development of the GEP was discussed among all RPOs involved in the project and was further supported by an online crowdsourcing platform that has ensured the participatory design of GEPs and the maximum diffusion of knowledge among partners and stakeholders (academic staff member, gender experts, students, etc). The GEP is now in the process of implementation.

UNIMORE Gender Equality Plan
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Unimore participates in the EQUAL-IST project through the Department of Engineering ‘Enzo Ferrari’ (DIEF), whose expertise covers a wide range of topics related to computer science, information technology, telecommunications and electronics, automotive, mechanical, civil and materials engineering.

Current status of gender distribution at Unimore, Department of Engineering Enzo Ferrari

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Recent data on employment at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UniMORE) show phenomena of occupational gender segregation that are particularly relevant at the Department of Engineering Enzo Ferrari (DIEF). Data clearly show that some sectors, like the administrative area, are characterized by a prevalence of women (69.8% at the university level and 52.5% at the department level), but the situation drastically changes if we consider the academic employees, where the percentage of women drops to 38.0% for UniMORE and 20.7% for the DIEF department. Moreover, disaggregated data on the academic members show that the female presence decreases passing from the category of researchers to highest positions of associate and full professors, indicating the existence of the so called ‘glass ceiling’ problem.

The figures below show the women representation within the academic members at university and department level. A specific relevant gender issue for the Department of Engineering ‘Enzo Ferrari’ is the gender gap within the student population, as shown by the data on the student enrolment of the last academic year. While at the university level we have a percentage of female students equal to 53.6%, this percentage drops to 15.7% if we consider the engineering degree courses (16.8% for Bachelor Degrees, 13.7% for Master Degrees and 11,5% for Doctoral Courses). In particular, for the ICT degrees in Computer Engineering the female students represent around the 12% of the total.

Working Group Members

  • Paola Michelini – Administrative staff (General administration area)
  • Fabiola Bertolotti – Associate Professor (Dept. Of Science and Methods for Engineering)
  • Ortenzia Pellegrino – Administrative staff (DIEF departmentadministration) and UniMORE CUG (Unified Committee of Guarantee) member
  • Silvana Nobili – Administrative staff (DIEF department administration)
  • Tindara Addabbo – Associate Professor (Dept. Of Economy ‘Marco Biagi)
  • Michela Apruzzese – Junior Research Assistant (Interdepartmental Research Center EN&TECH)
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