Declaration action point: Implement clear advancement criteria

Posted on 23/06/2022


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Implement clear advancement criteria

An inclusive workplace culture is a healthy environment for all. To establish an inclusive workplace and transparent career structures, the ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to implement clear advancement criteria. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about transparent promotion systems.


Women and minorities have typically stalled in their professional ascents or suffered from “leaky pipelines” along the standard scholarly trajectory in Universities and research institutes.  Women in academia and research often have the challenge of balancing family care responsibilities in ways their male colleagues do not.

Suggested actions

  • Have clear promotion criteria and ensure these are applied to all in a transparent way.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and multiple track professional opportunities for academic careers.
  • Value socially-supportive work on committees and outreach to women and underrepresented groups.


Examples of best practices:

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