Equal Opportunities Officer

Anne Kosfeld

Equal Opportunities Office

Equal Opportunity Structures of the University

Equal Opportunity in terms of gender equality is firmly anchored as a cross-cutting area of responsibility at the University of Oldenburg. In addition to the central role of the Presidential Board through the Vice President for Early Career Researchers and Equal Opportunities, the schools' deans' offices and the heads of other organisational units are responsible for implementing the gender equality mandate in their units. Within the democratic academic decision-making processes, the Senate and the Committee for Equal Opportunities (KFG) are relevant for promoting gender equality. The Equal Opportunities Officer of the university as well as the Equal Opportunities Officers of the schools and organisational units work towards fulfilling the equal opportunities mandate.

Regulations, guidelines and strategies on gender equality at the University of Oldenburg

  • The university statutes ('Grundordnung' (PDF), only in German) contain rules on the Commission for Equal Opportunities (§ 13), the Equal Opportunities Officers (§§ 14-15) and the development of the Gender Equality Action Plan (§ 13).
  • In the planning strategies (Strukturpläne) of schools I to V, gender equality is anchored as a sub-chapter with specific stipulations and agreements.
  • The Gender Equality Action Plan 2020 contains gender equality policy goals and measures for implementation by 2022.
  • The Strategic University Development Plan 2016 deals with gender equality in the chapter "Equal opportunities: diversity, equality and family friendliness" and explains its importance for the university. (Hochschulentwicklungsplan, only available in German).
  • The Equality Future Roadmap of 2018 ('Gleichstellungszukunftskonzept' (PDF), only in German), written for the Women Professors Programme of the Federal and State Government and the Länder ('Professorinnenprogramm III des Bundes und der Länder'), further develops the gender equality policy focus in the academic field and ensures a sustainable continuation.
  • The university's regulations for the appointment of professors ('Berufungsordnung' (PDF), only in German + accessible internally) specifies the procedure for recruiting (junior) professorships, taking gender aspects into account, and stipulate the binding quorum of at least 40 percent women for appointment committees ('Berufungskommissionen').
  • The hiring guideline ('Einstellungsrichtlinie' (PDF), only in German + accessible internally) for administrative and technical staff states, among other things, that an addendum on promoting women is part of job advertisements and that two out of four members of the appointment committee must be female.
  • The guide to staff selection processes ('Leitfaden für Personalauswahlverfahren' (PDF), only accessible internally) explains the recruitment process step-by-step. It also provides guidance on gender and diversity aspects of the selection process.

Legal framework

The relevant legal foundations at the state and federal level include:

Basic information and a fact sheet on the General Act on Equal Treatment (only in German + accessible internally) provided by Division 1: Personnel & Organisation explains the significance of the act for employees of the university as well as their rights and duties.

Gender equality network of the university

In February 2021, a gender equality network was founded at the University of Oldenburg. The members of the network exchange information on various topics and issues regarding gender equality. The network is coordinated by the Gender Equality/Diversity area in the Planning and Development Unit.

(Changed: 2021-10-12)