On 1 April 2023, Dr. Uta Wagner started her role as the new deputy equal opportunity commissioner for the area of science and scholarship at Universität Hamburg.
The Equal Opportunity Prize was awarded in person in 2022 for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of a one-year pilot project, 20 tampon and pad dispensers were installed in women’s and accessible restrooms at 15 locations on and around the University’s campus.
The Critical Whiteness dialogue series was continued in 2022 and supplemented through the Critical Whiteness im Gespräch: Wissenschaft trifft Kunst & Kultur event series.
In December 2022, the Office for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses was the fourth German higher education institution to be registered with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office as an authorized point of contact.
The University’s care fund (Betreuungsfonds), established in 2022, provides carer support at home or in the University’s parent-child rooms.
Under “Pioneering projects,” the Equal Opportunity Unit regularly profiles projects for a year that carry out groundbreaking work in the areas of gender equality, balancing work and family life, and diversity.
In April, the Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts-funded collaborative project Close the Gap began, focusing on dealing with pandemic-related challenges for Hamburg scholars with family obligations.
On 10 June 2021, the Academic Senate confirmed Dr. Angelika Paschke-Kratzin as the central equal opportunity commissioner and Prof. Dr. Sabine Kienitz as the deputy equal opportunity commissioner.
The commisioner’s sixth equal opportunity report (2018–2020) was published.
Organized by the Family Office, outdoor activities for children (aged 7 to 13) of employees and students took place for the first time during the first 2 weeks of the school summer vacation.
A project to assess the gender pay gap among W2 and W3 professors at Universität Hamburg was initiated.
The Equal Opportunity Unit developed a concept for all-gender restrooms with the aim of ensuring nondiscriminatory use of restrooms that are accessible for disabled individuals at Universität Hamburg.
In November, Universität Hamburg’s LGBTIQA* network Science and beλond was successfully launched.
In February 2020, the first cross-university caregiving day was offered.
Guide for doctoral and early career researchers that provides an overview of important topics and advisory institutions in the form of a map published at the beginning of the year.
The University awarded the family-friendly higher education audit certification.
March saw the start of the unit’s Gleichheitszeichen podcast, which presented research, teaching, and equality projects that were supported by the University’s Women’s Advancement Fund or the Equal Opportunity Fund.
To support professors who had to care for children or family members during the coronavirus pandemic and teach and research at the same time, the University has set up the coronavirus relief fund and extended it during the year.
In September, Dr. Michaela Koch was appointed head of the Center for Gender and Diversity.
At the end of the year, the recommendations for gender-neutral language at Universität Hamburg were officially adopted and approved.
University-wide diversity project (PDF) with a total of 38 measures passed and adopted by the Executive University Board in January.
In February, Universität Hamburg awarded the Vielfalt gestalten (Shaping diversity) certificate by the Stifterverband for the successful completion of the audit process.
Annual conference of the national conference of women’s and equal opportunities officers at universities of applied sciences (Bundeskonferenz der Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragten an Hochschulen) organized in September with more than 300 participants on the topic of changing digitalization.
Under the motto “Women who set sail,” monthly presentation of 12 key women in Universität Hamburg history to celebrate the University’s 100th anniversary.
Commission comprising academics, administration staff, and student representatives established to develop rules for gender-neutral language.
Dialogue process implemented to obtain certification as family-friendly university— expected to conclude in January 2020 with a new action program for the next 3 years.
Digital family-friendly campus tour developed, providing information to students with families in the form of videos and text.
Handout titled Gleichstellung von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern - Hinweise für die Erarbeitung von DFG-Verbundprojekt-Anträgen (PDF) (“Equal opportunity for female and males scholars—tips for developing DFG collaborative project applications”) created in cooperation with the University’s research department in Kooperation mit der Forschungsabteilung der Universität.
Kickoff event held in November for Diversity Round Table to implement the measures of the diversity concept.
Universität Hamburg’s first equality opportunity plan adopted by the Academic Senate.
Successful application for the program to promote female professors (Professorinnenprogramm III) with an equal opportunity future concept.
Agathe Lasch Coaching Program + Diversity expanded to include the topics of family obligations and transferring from abroad.
Equal Opportunity Database launched with gender-equality, compatibility, and diversity measures.
Publication of equal opportunity commissioner’s fifth equal opportunity report 2014–2017 (PDF).
Implementation of rules of new act on the protection of mothers at work and during training or studies act (Gesetz zum Schutz von Müttern bei der Arbeit, in der Ausbildung und im Studium, MuSchG) for female students.
Universität Hamburg joins the Best Practice Club “Family in the University” and signs the Family in the University Charter.
The family-friendly higher education audit is re-audited and consolidated.
The Agathe Lasch Coaching Program is expanded to include diversity issues and becomes the Agathe Lasch Coaching Program + Diversity.
The study on (gender) role stereotypes in law school case studies is published.
Equal opportunity commissioner Dr. Angelika Paschke-Kratzin becomes spokesperson for LaKoG.
Gleichstellungsrichtlinie (guidelines for equal opportunity, PDF, in German only) adopted by the Academic Senate on 16 June 2016. These replace the Frauenförderrichtlinie (guidelines for the promotion of equal opportunities for women) from 1997.
Diversity advisor position created; additional staff in the Family Office appointed.
Participation in the Diversity Audit Program.
Consolidation phase of the family-friendly higher education audit (in German only).
The Frauenförderpreis (prize for the promotion of equal opportunities for women) is renamed the Gleichstellungspreis (Equal Opportunity Prize). Competition now welcomes applications relating to diversity and combining study or work with family life as well as gender issues.
Amendment of the Federal Act on Gender Equality (Bundesgleichstellungsgesetz, BGleiG).
Vierter Bericht der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten (fourth report of the equal opportunity commissioners (in German only)) for the years 2011–13 published.
Staff level increases with appointment of an additional gender equality advisor to the Equal Opportunity Unit.
Amendment of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) (in German only) and Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz (Hamburg act on gender equality, HmbGleiG) (in German only).
Submission of final report on research-oriented standards for gender equality as established by the German Research Foundation (DFG); classification in the highest implementation stage (in German only).
Establishment of the Family Office at Universität Hamburg.
Inaugural disbursement of the Equal Opportunity Fund. Funds totaling around €40,000 made available to support a number of individual projects.
Establishment of Diversity Round Table to further the exchange of information and ideas and networking between various institutions at Universität Hamburg.
Adopted the Allgemeines Gleichstellungsprogramm (general equal opportunity program (PDF, in German only)) for academic appointments. Within this program, special programs can be established to recruit applicants of a specific gender.
A further milestone reached: 30% of all professorships are held by women (excluding the Faculty of Medicine). Including the Faculty of Medicine 27%.
Submission of interim report to the German Research Foundation (DFG). Universität Hamburg ranked in the highest assessment category.
Universität Hamburg certified as family-friendly higher education audit institution (in German only).
Stellungnahme der Universität Hamburg zu den forschungsorientierten Gleichstellungsstandards (statement from Universität Hamburg on research-oriented standards for gender equality (PDF, in German only) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) published.
New academic search regulations come into effect requiring at least 40% of the voting commission members to be female.
Developed a university-wide Gleichstellungskonzept (equal opportunity policy (PDF, in German only)). Universität Hamburg’s policy ranked third out of seven outstanding policies submitted by universities participating in the Professorinnenprogramm (program to promote female professors) offered by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Universität Hamburg succeeds in filling three professorships with women for up to five years under this program.
44 female and male professors appointed at Universität Hamburg; 39% of these new appointees are female.
A new benchmark reached: Women hold 22% of professorships, thus meeting the goal set in 1999 that at least 20% of professors be female.
With 41%, the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Human Movement Science holds the highest percentage of female professors at Universität Hamburg.
Universität Hamburg signed the Charta der Vielfalt (diversity charter), which explains how you can create a work environment free of prejudice.
At 15%, the number of women holding professorships has doubled in the past ten years.
Women’s Advancement Fund founded. Funds amounting to €20,000 are made available to promote projects in the areas of studying, teaching, research, and administration that aim to dismantle gender discrimination.
Based on the proportion of professorships held by females, Universität Hamburg is placed in the upper range of the middle group in rankings conducted by the Centre of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS).
Sept: First full-time Equal Opportunity Commissioner
Best results yet: 43.5% of newly appointed professors (C2, C3, and C4) are women.
Frauenförderpreis valued at €10,000 established. Prize is awarded annually for particularly outstanding projects or measures for the promotion of equal opportunities for women.
Frauenförderrichtlinie adopted by Academic Senate as bylaws. Alongside the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG), the HmbGleiG, and the General Act on Equal Treatment, these guidelines serve as the most important legal basis for equal opportunity work at Universität Hamburg.