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The Kind of Support to the Female Leaders’ Success in Higher Education: Tales from Vice Chancellors

Florence Nakamanya
Ronald Bisaso


The number of females in senior leadership positions is increasing in Ugandan universities. Previous research has focussed mainly on the barriers females face in accessing and occupying leadership positions. However, little is known about the kind of support that enables those few females who have broken the glass ceiling to succeed in their roles. This article explores the kind of support for the female Vice Chancellors’ success in Ugandan universities. Using a multiple case study design and semi-structured interviews, this study highlights institutional policies, support from senior management, networking, mentoring, role models and family support as critical to the success of female Vice Chancellors in universities in Uganda.