Almost Half of Female US Economists Report Sex Discrimination

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Almost half of female economists have experienced gender discrimination, according to an American Economic Association survey that also included hundreds of reports of assault and harassment. 48% of women reported unfair discrimination based on sex and 22% experienced bias for their marital status or caregiving responsibilities …” (more)

[Jeff Kearns, Bloomberg, 18 March]

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Unions call for end to ‘staggering’ gender inequality for third-level staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have called for an end to the ‘stark inequalities’ and precarious working environments facing workers, particularly women, in higher and further education roles. Union representatives from third-level institutions across the country gathered in Liberty Hall on International Women’s Day to discuss the ‘staggering’ levels of gender inequality and precarious working conditions which persist among university and college academic and management staff …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Ireland’s pay gap between men and women in R&D highest in Europe

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The pay gap between women and men working in scientific research and development positions in Ireland is the largest in the European Union, with women earning on average 30% less than men, research has found. The European Commission on Monday released She Figures 2018, which presents key indicators on progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation, to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Women only posts in Irish universities likely to be challenged in court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The plan to establish up to 45 women-only posts in Irish universities over the next three years is likely to be challenged in court due to the plan being seen as ‘positive discrimination’ by some …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 29 January]

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Women-Only Professorships Are a Response to an Inadequate Softly-Softly Approach

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The news last week that concerns around ‘positive discrimination’ were raised about the creation of several women-only professorships is reflective of something that has long been an open secret in academia. Higher education has not – as yet – had a major #MeToo moment. But most people, even those with only second-hand experience of life in academia, have heard whispers of the sexism and traditionalist masculinity that remains entrenched in academic circles …” (more)

[University Times, 28 January]

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‘Positive discrimination’ fears surround women-only academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns were raised that 45 new academic women-only posts could be seen as ‘positive discrimination’ in correspondence between government departments. The Department of Education had been seeking advice about the legality of creating professorship posts that would be open just to women …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Irish Times, 21 January]

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IFUT welcomes WRC ‘Age Discrimination’ Ruling in favour of Lecturer

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed a ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission that an IFUT member was discriminated against on grounds of age. The case, one of a number of recent similar cases on discrimination at university level, resulted in an award of compensation to the female Lecturer concerned …” (more)

[IFUT, 22 November]

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Uni ordered to pay €35k after ruling finds lecturer (55) lost out on senior post due to age

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university has been ordered to pay €35,000 to a 55-year old lecturer after it was found to have discriminated against her on the basis of her age when not selecting her for a Dean of Learning and Teaching post …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 21 November]

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Glass ceiling and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposal of the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor to develop women-only professor posts in Irish universities is ill conceived, condescending and patronising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Female-only university posts set to be challenged in courts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government is braced for legal challenges to its plan to fund women-only posts in universities. But a solicitor who specialises in employment law has said the plan would likely stand up to any challenge under equality legislation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Luke Byrne, Independent, 12 November]

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UCD’s gender imbalance problem

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Despite the fact that more women complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than men, and 51% of lecturers in higher education are women, the gender imbalance in higher education leadership is particularly prevalent. According to reports by the Higher Education Authority, women are grossly underrepresented in senior academic positions at third level institutions …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, University Observer, 1 November]

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University lecturer who claimed she was denied full time role over marital status awarded €9.5k

Posted in Legal issues on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer who was found to be ‘victimised’ over a failure to secure a new teaching post has been awarded €9,500 in compensation at the Workplace Relations Commission …” (more)

[, 8 September]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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Gender equality in third level remains a distant hope

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest figures on gender progression among academics from the Higher Education Authority show some improvement in what has been an intractable problem, but illustrate the extent of the hill still to be climbed. The HEA figures show that among ‘core funded’ academic staff the proportion of female professors has increased from 23% to 24% since 2015 while the number of female associate professors has increased from 32% to 34% …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Large gender gaps in senior levels of Irish academia

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figures show. They are also far more likely to earn less, with men accounting for the vast majority of best-paid posts in higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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The campaign’s task is done

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the settlement of the four women’s High Court cases, the aims of this campaign are achieved. The campaign started when previous University President Jim Browne claimed to RTÉ education reporter Emma O’Kelly that Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who had recently won her high-profile case, was on his new Gender Equality Task Force …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 2 August]

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Higher education, equality and hiring practices

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I’m going to look at education in purely social and economic terms in this post – nothing about whether higher education makes you a better, wiser or more fulfilled person. That’s for another day. The lifetime financial benefit of higher education in Ireland is higher than the OECD average. Many people see this as a good thing and evidence of our transition to a knowledge economy. But it’s a bit more complicated than that …” (more)

[The Optimistic Educator, 31 July]

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SIPTU representatives warn NUIG discrimination court cases are just the tip of the iceberg

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 25th July) warned that the four academics who reached a settlement in the High Court represent the tip of the iceberg regarding gender discrimination at National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Maggie Ronayne, the co-chair of SIPTU’s academic section committee at NUIG, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 25 July]

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IFUT calls for abandonment of legal recourse policy by universities following progress of NUI Galway gender discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for all issues related to gender and age discrimination to be resolved by negotiation or through normal labour law procedures, not recourse to expensive legal cases. Welcoming developments in the case of four female lecturers in NUI Galway …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 25 July]

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NUI Galway refuses to divulge cost of settling gender-row cases

Posted in Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway (NUIG) has declined to comment on the amount public money involved in settling a high-profile gender discrimination row involving the university. It was confirmed on Wednesday that four female lecturers who argued they were discriminated against on gender grounds will be promoted by NUIG as part of a High Court settlement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]

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