Gender clarity 2

May 31, 2002

As women are frequent casualties of departments playing the research assessment exercise lottery, it is good to see their achievements being honoured in the national teaching fellowship awards (For the record, THES , May 24). In contrast, seven out of eight recipients of Royal Society Medals are men, and the one woman - Rosemary Grant - shares the Darwin Medal with her husband. It seems that women are good at teaching and men are good at research. Funny, I could have sworn we were living in the 21st century.

Karen Ross
Director, Centre for Communication,
Culture and Media Studies Coventry University

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