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)

[TheJournal.ie, 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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NUI Galway Settles High Court Gender Discrimination Cases

Posted in Legal issues on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“It’s over! We’ve won! NUI Galway has finally, after four long years, settled with the four female academics taking the High Court cases for gender discrimination in the promotion round of 2009. Today at the High Court the cases are to be withdrawn …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 July]

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Four female lecturers promoted after NUIG gender discrimination dispute

Posted in Legal issues on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“Four female lecturers who say they were discriminated against on gender grounds are set to be promoted as part of a settlement with NUI Galway (NUIG) which is understood to run to hundreds of thousands of euro. The lecturers, who initiated a High Court action against the university, had argued that they met the qualifications required for senior lectureship posts but were passed over in a promotion round in 2009 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]

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UCD reacting like a ‘dinosaur in distress’ on equality, say IFUT

Posted in Legal issues on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has strongly criticised University College Dublin in a case involving age discrimination against a senior staff member, saying the approach of senior management more resembles a dinosaur in distress than a college seeking to address discrimination …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 July]

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Anne Scott is Shepherding NUI Galway Towards Equality

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

Ireland“Anne Scott has listened to the critics and, as NUIG’s gender equality vice-president, is promising big changes. It was walking down a street in Kenya, surrounded by people with a different skin tone to her own, that Prof Anne Scott was struck by what it meant to be treated differently …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 3 January]

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UL president emails staff over concerns: ‘We want to stop discrimination’

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

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has this week issued an email to all staff, stating that UL will challenge ‘any discriminatory incidents on campus by UL staff or by UL students’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 December]

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‘A PhD supervisor found out I was deaf, and cancelled the interview’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2017 by steve

“Martin McLean, 38, has two postgraduate degrees – a PGCE awarded by the University of Wales and a master’s in arts policy and management from Birkbeck. He’s an education and training policy adviser at the National Deaf Children’s Society, and has been deaf since birth …” (more)

[Guardian, 10 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (6th November 2017) has announced the establishment of a Gender Equality Taskforce. The Minister has appointed this high level taskforce to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Now minister declares war on university gender bias

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

Ireland“Gender inequality and discrimination against women is rampant in our colleges and universities, according to Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who has vowed to eliminate the ‘men only’ hierarchy at the top of third level. ‘The first Irish University was set up 424 years ago and since then, no university here has had a female president …'” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 5 November]

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IFUT welcomes new Gender Equality Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the initiative by Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor to launch a new task force to address the issue of gender inequality in third-level education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 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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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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