We have been closely following the work of the University of Geneva’s equality delegation for many years now. The delegation is made up of five professors who between them sit on all appointment panels for professors. Their role is to detect unfair treatment, ensure that 30% of shortlisted candidates are women and remind people of the rule of preference. We are delighted that their tireless work to support women in their careers is finally being recognised. The members’ ideas are fantastic and will undoubtedly help us to make progress in this area.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Anik de Ribaupierre and Margareta Baddeley, the two Vice Rectors who have chaired the delegation in recent years. Thanks to their in-depth knowledge of academic careers, their determination and their real desire to advance the cause, they – together with the other delegation members and the Equality Office – have done some extremely valuable and much appreciated work.

This document is a very useful source of information for anyone here at UNIGE who would like to improve their understanding of how the University works. We would also recommend that members of the teaching and administrative staff who are involved in any way in appointing professors or in monitoring academic careers consult this guide.

We hope that this publication will help to raise awareness of the delegation’s work and to ensure that the recommendations on this subject are followed.


        Jean-Dominique Vassalli                Yves Flückiger

         Rector 2007–2015                         Rector since 2015