Imperial College London has become the latest member of the 30% Club, showing their commitment to gender diversity.
Launched in 2010, the 30% Club is a group of industry women, supporting Chairmen and organisations. The aim of the club is to achieve 30 per cent of female representation on FTSE boards. It has since expanded its membership to include further organisations such as universities.
Imperial’s governing and executive body, Council, currently has a membership of 25 per cent women. This is on a level with the figure for female membership of FTSE 100 boardrooms, which stands at 26 per cent.
Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Programmes at Imperial College Business School, said, “Joining the 30% Club is another weapon in our fight for gender parity. Worldwide there is an under-representation of women pursuing postgraduate management education and this has a knock-on effect on the number of women who hold senior director roles within corporations.”
“That’s why Imperial College Business School is investing in a suite of initiatives to support women with great academic and business potential.”
“We are committed to gender parity on all of our programmes because we know that having more women in leadership roles will have a long-term positive impact on business.”
Imperial are already running a number of schemes and initiatives that promote the women throughout their organisation and strive for gender equality, including their [email protected] Week. This is an annual celebration of the achievements of female students and staff members, past and present.
Earlier this year, Imperial College Business School launched a new initiative with the 30% Club. The Executive MBA scholarship scheme for women will give two women the chance to earn a scholarship, by demonstrating their academic excellence, their high potential for senior leadership roles and their dedication to being a female role model.