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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High court rejects Leaving Cert student’s claim she was discriminated against because of her dyslexia

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman who alleged, as a student with dyslexia, she was discriminated against because special explanatory notes were attached to her Leaving Certificate has lost her Supreme Court appeal over the rejection of her claims. The notes stated Kim Cahill was not assessed on spelling and grammatical elements of language subjects …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Independent, 24 May]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Trinity Pensioner

Posted in Legal issues on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On yesterday’s Drivetime we heard about a retired Trinity College lecturer who lost a discrimination case taken on grounds of sexual orientation and age regarding his pension rights. We spoke to David Parris who explained why he decided to pursue the case for himself and his partner Gerard” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 25 November]

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TCD lecturer loses discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Europe’s top court has ruled that a retired Trinity College Dublin lecturer was not discriminated against on his pension rights because of his sexual orientation or age …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 25 November]

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Trinity lecturer loses discrimination case at European Court of Justice

Posted in Legal issues on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has lost his case for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the European Court of Justice …” (more)

[Newstalk, 24 November]

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New DCU, old discrimination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The newly formed DCU Institute of Education caused controversy only days into its existence. The faculty has been formed following the full incorporation of three educational institutes into the university, namely St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, The College View, 27 August]

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Religious identity a determining factor in DCU primary school teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University will offer two alternative pathways to students wishing to enter a primary school teaching course this year, with a determining factor in the review process being whether or not an applicant is of a Catholic, Protestant or other religious background …” (more)

[The College View, 26 August]

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‘Sad tale of bigotry’: Employment at Queen’s University scrutinised

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“No sooner had the new 1989 Fair Employment Act, compelling employers in Northern Ireland to ensure equal opportunity for all, been passed into law than the British government was faced with a damning report on employment practices at Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Éamon Phoenix, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Different points to enter Teacher Training College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ revealed that DCU’s newly formed Teacher Training course, which amalgamated 3 previous colleges of education into its campus, has two separate CAO entry points. In order to get their Bachelor of Education degree, there is the normal route for everyone, which requires 465 points. However, according to their current Prospectus, there is also a ‘restricted entry’ version of the degree …” (more)

[, 23 August]

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European court advised to find Trinity lecturer was discriminated against for being gay

Posted in Legal issues on July 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A top European legal adviser has recommended that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) find that a gay lecturer employed at Trinity College Dublin was discriminated against regarding his pension due to his sexual orientation …” (more)

[, 4 July]

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Department must pay €5k to disabled student over grant

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has been ordered to pay €5,000 compensation to a University College Cork student over its refusal to pay her annual grants after her disability forced her to take a three-year degree course over six years …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Trinity to Defend Discrimination Claim from Former Lecturer in European Court

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr David Parris, a retired Trinity lecturer, is bringing the college before the European Union’s Court of Justice, claiming that Trinity has discriminated against him in relation to his pension rights, based on his sexual orientation and his age …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 April]

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NUIG President says equality top of agenda

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of NUI Galway has rejected claims by a trade union that discrimination against women continues to exist at every level of the university. Jim Browne said he has ‘no evidence’ that discrimination is widespread within NUIG …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 15 March]

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Gender Equality in Promotions

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The case of Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who successfully claimed gender discrimination concerning the senior lecturer promotions process in NUI Galway, has been widely reported in the media …” (more)

[Darius Whelan, Irish Law Updates, 12 February]

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University may have indirectly discriminated by insisting on PhD for new lecturers

Posted in Legal issues on December 1st, 2014 by steve

UK“The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently addressed an issue that is of interest to many educational institutions: could making a PhD an absolute requirement when recruiting lecturers be indirectly discriminatory against older applicants? …” (more)

[Nick Abbott, Mills & Reeve Education Law Blog, 1 December]

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University ordered to pay €81k to employee

Posted in Legal issues on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“A university has been ordered to pay €81,000 to an employee who took a discrimination case against it. Mary Dempsey claimed she was discriminated against by NUI, Galway on the grounds of gender, family status and disability. The tribunal upheld the gender and disability grounds – but dismissed the family status grounds …” (more)

[The tribunal’s ruling is here.]
[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 17 June]

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Schools discriminate against ‘new Irish’, study warns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“Researchers at NUI Galway (NUIG) have identified an emerging ‘achievement’ gap between Irish and ‘new Irish’ secondary school students which they have linked to discriminatory school enrolment practices. The NUIG Whitaker Institute study, which focused on Galway as the most culturally diverse area in the State, says this will result in a significant ‘under-representation’ of children of migrants in third-level institutions …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 March]

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UCD lecturer loses High Court action on gender discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on November 8th, 2013 by steve

“A UCD school of law and business lecturer has lost her High Court action alleging the failure to promote her to the rank of professor amounted to gender discrimination …” (more)

[Independent, 8 November]

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