Lecture to question why women work below their level of competence

The question of how and why women work below their level of competence will be explored during a public lecture at the University of Wolverhampton.

Professor Tom Schuller will discuss the issue in his inaugural lecture at the University on Thursday, 30 March 2017 from 1.30pm-3.30pm.

The lecture, titled The Paula Principle, will take place in MA028 in the Wulfruna Building.

Professor in Education, Alan Tuckett, said: “The basic argument of Tom Schuller’s book, and the lecture, is that women at all levels are under-rewarded in career and pay, and that this is especially important given that women are increasingly outpacing men when it comes to qualifications and learning generally. So there is a straightforward case for greater fairness and efficiency.

“He will argue that the issues present themselves differently in different contexts, so there is no single picture or blanket solution. He will discuss the factors which he thinks shape the way ‘the Paula Principle’ operates, and put forward some proposals for tackling it."

Professor Schuller is a Visiting Professor of Lifelong Learning at Wolverhampton, and the lecture is part of the University’s Athena Swan programme which aims to encourage and recognise the advancement of the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) subjects.

Professor Tom Schuller is the main editor of the 3rd GRALE report – the Global Report on Adult Learning, published in 2016 by Unesco’s Institute of Lifelong Learning. From 2008-2010 he directed the independent Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, sponsored by the UK’s National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education.

His latest book The Paula Principle – how and why women work below their competence level will be published by Scribe this month.

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Picture: Professor Tom Schuller

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