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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Promoting Women in University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ita Richardson from the University of Limerick joins Marian in studio.” (mp3)

[Marian Finucane, RTÉ, 9 January]

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Trinity Conferred with Landmark Athena Swan Awards

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s champions for seeking equality for women in higher education and research in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) disciplines today received landmark Athena Swan awards at a special ceremony held at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland …” (more)

[Trinity College, 10 December]

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Trinity Has the Chance to Become a National Leader in Addressing Gender Inequality in Academia

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

Ireland“As the gender discrepancy in senior academic posts at national level has been brought to light once more,Trinity has the opportunity to become a leader in gender equality – as long as it devises an effective way to radically address existing barriers to female progression within the College …” (more)

[University Times, 15 November]

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Winners of new university race equality charter mark named

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

UK“Eight universities have been named as the first recipients of a new higher education racial equality charter mark. Organised by the Equality Challenge Unit, which runs the Athena SWAN initiative, the Race Equality Charter is awarded to institutions in recognition of excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 13 August]

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NUI Galway resolute after missing out on gender equality award

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway says it plans to act on detailed feedback from the Athena SWAN gender equality programme. The university has failed to be recognised by the Athena SWAN awards, which reward academic institutions for their efforts to ensure gender equality …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 31 July]

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SIPTU members not surprised at failure of NUI Galway to receive equality award

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members have said they are not surprised at the failure of NUI Galway to secure an Athena Swan award for gender equality policies in higher education in light of the number of outstanding issues concerning discrimination at the third level institution …” (more)

[SIPTU, 31 July]

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Athena Swan snub a blow for NUIG Equality charade

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The fact that NUIG has been snubbed in its application for recognition in an international equality awards programme once more calls into question the handling of serious staffing issues in the college, according to Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 July]

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NUI Galway fails to secure gender equality accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A campaign for equality at NUI Galway (NUIG) says that the university’s failure to secure a new accreditation for gender equality policies ‘vindicates’ its efforts. Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick have received British Athena SWAN bronze awards …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Gender equality award for UL and Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin have become the first Irish colleges to receive recognition from an international organisation for their efforts to increase academic gender equality …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 July]

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Overcoming unconscious gender bias in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Training for staff in ‘overcoming unconscious bias’ is promoted by Athena Swan, a UK-based gender equality organisation, from which NUIG is now seeking accreditation.Examples of such bias range from prioritising male opinions ahead of female ones at meetings to perceiving women as less professionally focused than men …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 June]

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