UW and gender in numbers

Below we present the gender distribution at the University of Warsaw among  the authorities of the University of Warsaw, various categories of employees and students.


  1. 1) Gender distribution among authorities at the University of Warsaw in the 2020-2024 term

Rector’s college
Rector: man
Vice-rectors: 3 men and 1 woman
Discipline Councils
Chairpersons 17 men and 4 women (one council has not yet elected chairpersons)
Deans’ colleges at Faculties:
Dean: 18 men and 6 women
Vice-Dean for Finance, General and Administrative Affairs: 7 men and 8 women
Vice-Dean for Research, Science, Development and Human Resources, Infrastructure and Cooperation: 15 men and 13 women
Vice-Dean for Student Affairs: 15 women and 9 men

The above data show that there is still no gender balance in the management structures at the University of Warsaw, as men dominate managerial positions much more often than women. In the rector’s college there is only one woman out of five positions, the chairpersons of the Discipline Councils are generally men – over four times more often than women. There are only six women out of 24 deans (Faculties: Geology, Applied Linguistics, Economic Sciences, Arts and Culture, Sociology, Applied Social Sciences and Social Resocialisation). The vice-deans and vice-deans are 37 men and 30 women. The number of vice-deans depends on the unit. As in the previous term, women are represented especially in the position of Vice-Dean for Student Affairs (15 out of 24 functions). In two faculties, all functions in the dean’s college are performed by men (Physics, Law and Administration), and in one by women (Applied Linguistics). If there are more than three people at the Dean’s College, men predominate in four faculties (Biology, Chemistry, Polish Studies and Law and Administration), and women predominate in five (Geography and Regional Studies, Economic Sciences, Arts and Culture, Modern Languages, Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation).


2) Gender distribution among university teachers
In 2019 the group of academics and university teachers counted 3,834 people including 1,958 men and 1,876 women. Among teachers and academics, the division by gender was as follows:
professors: 156 women and 347 men
university professors: 105 women and 177 men
visiting professors: 2 men
visiting lecturers: 4 men
associate professors: 14 women and 25 men
assistant professors: 1038 women and 1026 men
senior assistants: 157 women and 87 men
assistants: 101 women and 87 men
instructors: 1 male
teachers: 36 women and 11 men
As we can read in the “Gender Equality Plan for the University of Warsaw”, the gender proportion of researchers is equal. There are, however, significant disproportions at individual positions. Men definitely predominate among those with the title of full and extraordinary professors at the University of Warsaw. In the case of assistant professors, the gender ratio is even, while in the case of assistants women dominate. This may mean that the path of promotion and scientific career is not the same for women and men, and that the University of Warsaw is losing talented female research and teaching employees (p. 7). Moreover, as the analysis shows, the key stage for women’s careers is the period between defending a doctorate and defending habilitation, as well as the stage of obtaining a professorship. In these two moments, women’s careers slow down (page 11), as it is reflected in the above figures.


3) Gender distribution among employees and administrative workers
In “UW Rector Annual Report 2019”:

  • 113 women and 150 men work in the research and technical category,
  •  152 women and 180 men in the engineering and technical jobs.
  • 269 women and  97  men work as librarians
  • “administration and other employees” category – 1,783 women and 920 men are employed here. In administration, the management staff consists of 60% of women and 40% of men.

According to the 2021 data:

  • Academic staff: 4019 persons, out of which 1954 women (49%)
  • Administrative staff: 3846 persons, out of which 2435 women (63%)


4) Gender distribution among students

In 2020:
Students of 1st and 2nd cycle studies and long-cycle studies: 25,779 women and 14,468 men. 
19,774 women and 11,667 men study at full-time studies
6005 women and 2801 men study in part-time studies
In total, 1,584 foreign women and 1,083 foreign men study at full-time and part-time studies
Third-cycle (doctoral) students: 1,374 women and 1,077 men (data for 2019)
Postgraduate students: 1606 women and 480 men (data for 2019)


In 2021, women made 63,2% of all candidates to 1st and 2nd cycle of studies, and 62,7% of those admitted.


Phd students and candidates:

In 2021 (Doctoral Schools)

  • 804 candidates, 354 were women.
  • 317 persons admitted, 139 were women.

In 2020 (Doctoral Schools)

  • 826 candidates, out of which 416 women
  • 321 admitted, out of which 146 women


In 2019  (Doctoral Schools)

  • 673 candidates, 358 were women
  • 300 admitted, out of which 148 women

In 2018  (PhD studies)

  • 1088 candidates, 595 women
  • 448 admitted, out of which 237 women