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Age and gender data for grant holders published

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities & Science has announced in his speech today, at Jodrell Bank, that RCUK has published grant success rates by age and gender for the last 3 years.

This shows that success rates by age group do not show significant variation although there is some indication that for both females and males older applicants are slightly more successful.

The age distribution of grant holders shows a difference between the genders with 31% of female Principal Investigators being under 40 compared to 25% of male Principal Investigators. This pattern is broadly consistent with data on the age-distribution of UK Academic staff which also shows that the proportion of academics who are female decreased with age.

This data is published alongside data on the board and committee membership, applications and awards by gender.

This is part of our on going review of data, to ensure that we can assess how effective our policies and procedures are in promoting equal opportunities, both as funders of research and as employers.

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