Now I understand Proust better (but feel less positive about Athena Swan)

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“You know the story about Marcel Proust and the madeleine – how the memories came flooding back when he nibbled at one with a cup of tea. I always thought this was slightly ridiculous, but perhaps ageing means I now have more memories to recapture. Suddenly it all made much more sense …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 January]

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We post the NUI Galway Athena SWAN application

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The campaign has been sent NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN application. This is the application that was submitted by the closing date of November 30th but which has failed to appear, or even be acknowledged, on NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN web page. This is the application they haven’t sent to Micheline and others who have asked for a copy, deliberately hindering any objections. Their action is in contrast to Maynooth University’s open announcement and application publication on Dec 1st …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 21 December]

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NUI Galway have applied to Athena SWAN but are not making application available!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A campaign member who wrote to the Athena SWAN board has been told that NUI Galway has applied for a gender equality award (closing date November 30th) but there is no requirement for NUI Galway to make its application available! They were also told they had only until the end of this week to submit an objection – to an application they have no access to! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 19 December]

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Are NUI Galway deliberately hiding their re application to Athena SWAN to prevent objections?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On the heels of the successful #SolidariTEA held last week by NUI Galway staff and students in support of the four female lecturers who have taken their battle for promotion to the High Court, we thought an update on the latest round of Athena SWAN applications was warranted. The word around the university is that NUI Galway submitted a third application for the award by the Nov 30th deadline …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 December]

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NUI Galway refutes claims unsuccessful bid for gender equality award linked to ongoing discrimination cases

Posted in Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has moved to dismiss claims that an unsuccessful bid for a gender equality award is linked to ongoing legal action involving four female lecturers. It follows the issuing of an open letter by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who won a discrimination case against the university in November 2014 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 November]

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Micheline’s open letter to NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline sent this letter addressed to the Chair of NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN committee on the third anniversary of her 2014 landmark gender discrimination case ruling. It is a very important letter …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 November]

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Athena SWAN funding link under scrutiny in discrimination row

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four female academics embroiled in a gender discrimination dispute are reportedly under increasing pressure to accept a settlement from their university in a case that has sparked debate about the merits of linking the Athena SWAN equality charter to research funding. The long-running dispute at the National University of Ireland, Galway has come to a head …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 12 October]

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NUI Galway’s derisory offer revealed as they fail Athena SWAN application again

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the last meeting of the Governing Body, two weeks ago, to our great surprise NUI Galway revealed the details of their final offer made to the four women last month. These details were supposedly strictly secret, so we have never known what it was that the women turned down, but then NUI Galway circulated the offer to every member of the Governing Body! That means that over 40 people got to see it …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 September]

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Why Are Universities Doing Better on Gender Equality Than Institutes of Technology?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five of Ireland’s seven universities hold accreditation on the basis of gender equality, but none of the country’s 14 institutes of technology do. Trinity, University of Limerick, UCD, DCU and UCC have all won the Athena Swan Bronze Award, which looks set to become a condition of research funding by the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Dan Grennan and Nikki Murphy, Dublin Inquirer, 21 June]

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NUI Galway applies for gender equality award – again. Campaign supporters have until May 17th to voice opinions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Campaign has learned that NUI Galway has resubmitted its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award. The university’s application for the gender equality award was rejected in 2015, in the first round open to Irish institutions. Such an award recognises that the ‘institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff’ …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 13 May]

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To Receive Funding, Irish Third-Level Institutions Require Efforts for Gender Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new gender equality benchmarks required for universities to receive research funding will be a significant boost to Irish institutions battling with records of gender inequality, staff from universities across the country have told The University Times …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 5 April]

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Our Attitudes Towards Gender Inequality in Education are Excluding the Issues of Men and Boys

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Much has been said in recent times about the need for gender equality education in Ireland. For third-level institutions, the discussion tends to focus on the dearth of women and girls in technical fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and their underrepresentation in the upper echelons of universities …” (more)

[James Behan, University Times, 20 March]

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UCD and DCU recognised for gender equality actions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two Irish universities have received an award recognising steps they have taken towards gender equality. UCD and DCU have both received Athena SWAN bronze awards …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 March]

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Gender equality: universities are still all talk and too many trousers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“Anyone who sincerely believes that academia is a meritocracy must be either deluded or in denial. This is the blunt conclusion of our recent research into how female academics feel about the system. Even now, in the age of high-profile equality initiatives such as the UK’s Athena SWAN programme, unconscious bias remains rife …” (more)

[Laurie Cohen and Jo Duberley, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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Gender warning to third levels

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Moves to withhold research funds from universities that fail to deal with gender inequality have been welcomed by an academic union.The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board will only allow those from 20 publicly-funded third-level colleges apply for competitive funding if they have met minimum requirements to deal with the issues from the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Colleges to lose funds over gender inequality

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only colleges tackling academic gender inequality will be eligible for a slice of an annual €230m public research fund. The measures aimed at getting more than 20 publicly funded institutions to take gender equality in research careers more seriously will take effect from the end of 2019. Only those with the minimum bronze accreditation under the Athena Swan gender equality scheme …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Action plan required in all colleges on gender equality, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on all Irish universities to publish an action plan being taken to address continuing issues of serious gender inequality at college level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 31 August]

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UCC receives Athena Swan award for gender equality commitment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the third Irish university after Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick to receive an Athena Swan award. The award recognises academic institutions for their commitment to gender equality …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Gender bias at UCC a concern for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are significant levels of dissatisfaction among staff over gender issues and promotion processes at one of the country’s biggest universities, according to an internal survey. Unpublished research by management at University College Cork (UCC) shows that more than one-third (36%) of the 375 respondents – which comprised 265 females and 110 males – believed the culture and atmosphere at the college was not female-friendly and inclusive …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 11 July]

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NUIG staff recount ‘misogyny’ and ‘bullying’ in workplace culture

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway staff described the culture in their workplace as being ‘toxic’, ‘misogynist’ and ‘bullying’ when responding to an internal survey which formed part of the university’s submission for a prestigious gender equality award …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 2 March]

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