This morning at the BIFM Northern Region/Women In FM breakfast event, we touched on the issue of women on boards. Evidence seems to show that diversity at senior levels of an organisation has a high correlation with commercial success.

In my view, a cold hard financial business case is likely to speak much more effectively than targets and quotas. But that still leaves the challenge of how to get that message across, particularly if it's a message the board doesn't want to hear.

We talked about Enron, we talked about the banks. And we could have equally talked about academia, or the church, or the automotive sector.

This article takes a clear, cold look at the higher education sector. Food for thought.