Why should the taxpayer fund misogyny in our universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women in Irish universities make up 51% of those at lecturer level (the entry level for academic posts) but only 24% of those at full professorial level (the highest academic level). There has been an average of 1% increase per annum in women at full professorial level since 2013 …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Closing the gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your article, ‘Glaring gender gaps found in academic posts’ (Home News, August 3rd). More than 50 years ago UCD boasted five outstanding women scientists who were professors and associate professors – Carmel Humphries (zoology), Eva Philbin (chemistry), Phyllis Clinch (botany), Dervla Donnelly (phytochemistry) and Sheila Tinney (mathematical physics). These women were widely known and highly respected in the academic world both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 10 August]

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UCC lecturer fails to get injunction over professorial positions decision

Posted in Legal issues on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A judge yesterday refused to grant an injunction to senior lecturer and head of the management and marketing department at UCC …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 21 April]

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Lecturer refused injunctions pending professorship challenge

Posted in Legal issues on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senior lecturer at University College Cork has been refused injunctions pending the outcome of her High Court challenge to a decision not to shortlist her in a competition for 10 professorial positions …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Senior UCC lecturer fails to get injunction over decision not to shortlist her for job

Posted in Legal issues on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senior university lecturer has failed to get an injunction over a decision not to shortlist her in a competition for ten professorial positions …” (more)

[Tom Tuite, Independent, 20 April]

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University promotions and gender quotas

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposal to resolve gender bias in university promotion appointments by means of gender quotas is ill-considered and intellectually lazy (‘Gender quota proposal for NUI Galway’, April 15th). It may provide a short-term political fix but will have a potentially corrosive long-term impact …” (more)

[H McBride, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Trinity Needs to Listen to Tenure Track Criticisms and Include Them in Consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A tenure-track model was flagged in Trinity’s 2014–19 strategic plan. Since then, Trinity has moved forward with the proposal, such that the 40 Ussher professorships announced in March – which, it has recently been announced, will be funded by €16 million in non-exchequer sources – will be recruited under the model …” (more)

[University Times, 15 November]

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Lecturers cry foul over Trinity’s overseas recruitment plan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The trade union representing university lecturers has criticised plans by Trinity College Dublin to fill 40 new academic posts through contracts outside of traditional public service recruitment arrangements …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Trinity College Dublin begins Global Recruitment Campaign for 40 new Academic Posts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will commence an international recruitment campaign next month to recruit 40 new academic posts to support the delivery of the College’s new Strategic Plan 2014-19. These new Ussher Assistant Professors are being funded entirely by non-exchequer sources and €16 million has been allocated for their recruitment …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 16 October]

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More women on selection committees ‘may reduce chances of success’ for female academics

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2015 by steve

EU“Having more women on committees that select academics for jobs does not increase the chances for female candidates and may actually do the opposite, according to a conference paper. That is the central conclusion of a study to be presented at the European Economic Association’s annual conference in Mannheim later this month …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 13 August]

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Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time

Posted in Life on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“A friend who worked in a bank told me that academics are prized customers for credit card companies. Our tastes tend to be more expansive and expensive than we can finance with our income, but our salaries are highly reliable and we are not the sort of people to walk away from debts …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 15 April]

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INTO leadership to recommend LRC proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The leadership of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation is to recommend its 32,000 members accept the revised Labour Relations Commission proposals on public sector pay …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 May]

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Doctoral-level thinking: non-PhDs need not apply

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2013 by steve

“UK universities are increasingly pushing for academic staff to hold PhDs, an investigation has revealed. Almost 30% of the 113 universities that responded to a Freedom of Information request by Times Higher Education say they have aims or commitments to increase their proportion of academics with doctorates …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 3 January]

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‘Perfect on paper’ may lack spark

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Universities need to hire the best people for the job, but demanding PhDs from all is not the way to do it. Hiring the right people is absolutely crucial in every line of work. But whatever the criteria and selection process, it is not until someone has been in post for a couple of months that one can be sure that the right choice was made …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 3 January]

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New master plan needed for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The recent announcement of the UCD/TCD research hub with its quite extraordinary prediction of the creation of some 30,000 jobs over these next 10 years, together with the apparently imminent Government announcement of the reintroduction of third-level fees, highlights the urgent necessity for a root-and-branch analysis of our higher education system. There is a need for a debate to arrive at a thoughtful and forward-looking definition of the public purpose of higher education so that we have a clear understanding of the role of the higher education institutions in our society and, conversely, of the Government’s understanding of what it expects from them, and having achieved that, to institute a process of accountability to monitor their adherence to an agreed programme …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 16 April]

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