One step closer to gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide …” (more)

[ETUCE, 18 December]

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Gender Action Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the 2016 National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutes and the ‘exceptionally slow’ progress that has followed a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Expert Group report, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has introduced a Gender Action Plan that will create 45 female-only professorships …” (more)

[eolas, 10 December]

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Physics Has an Obvious Gender Problem – So How Does Someone End Up Thinking the Field is Biased Against Men?

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2018 by steve

“Few pursue a career in physics expecting it to be a smooth ride; the subject is notoriously challenging, the playing field competitive. For women, though, the road can be downright treacherous. Feelings of not belonging or imposter syndrome, rampant among physics students at the best of times, are compounded by the frequent lack of female faculty members …” (more)

[Eleanor Hook, Physics Central, 28 November]

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Why women-only professorship appointments are needed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When the Irish Government published the highly-anticipated Gender Action Plan 2018-20 earlier this month, it was the proposal for a Government of Ireland Senior Academic Talent Initiative which received most attention, both positive and negative …” (more)

[Tony McMahon, Anne Scott and Colin Scott, University World News, 23 November]

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Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific thematic areas within the sciences and humanities that will be funded further to the announcement of women-only professorships; and the funding agency that will be tasked with the cost of this policy …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been a lot of commentary on the women-only professorships proposed by Mary Mitchell O’Connor. On balance, it seems that both men and women are in favour of the idea. There seems to be two arguments made in favour of the proposal …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 November]

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Women-only professorial posts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Congratulations to The Irish Times for commissioning Prof Yvonne Galligan to pen her article welcoming the radical proposals from Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor proposing to address the shortage of women at senior levels in Irish third-level colleges (‘Women-only professorial posts will work’, Opinion & Analysis, November 16th) …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Women-only Professorships in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week the Irish Government made an announcement that has ruffled a few feathers: it aims to create a number of new senior positions at Professor level in Irish Universities that are open only to female candidates. I don’t know the details of how this scheme will work, but I understand that the positions will be targeted at subject (and perhaps geographical) areas in which there is a demonstrable gender imbalance and the scheme will cost about €6M …” (more)

[In the Dark, 16 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The average male ‘chance’ of a professorship (looking at the ratio of men at full professoriate level to those below that) is 1:5. The average female ‘chance’ is 1:15. Men’s ‘chance’ of a professorship has varied little since 2013 and is similar across all universities. Women’s chance has improved marginally (from 1:16). However, it varies a great deal between universities (from 1:9 to 1:31) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Women-only professorial posts will work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced the Government’s intention to create up to 45 new posts to boost women’s representation in senior academic positions. These are additional professorial appointments to existing staffing provision. They are expected to cost €6 million …” (more)

[Yvonne Galligan, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I wonder how the young Mr Varadkar, while considering a career in medicine, would have reacted to a proposal by the Government of the day that some hospital consultancy posts in surgery were to be created for which men could not apply, while potential patients could not avoid being treated by the holders of such posts …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Women not hallucinating about glass ceilings in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In an era given to wild overstatement, the words were vanishingly mild. ‘There’s nothing wrong with women. We are more than capable’, said Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Meanwhile, a fair proportion of the population was turning puce over the recommendation for gender-specific posts in higher education …” (more)

[Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Higher Education Gender Report moves in right direction, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed recommendations in the ‘Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020’ published today (Monday November 12th, 2018) and launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 November]

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Statement From Technological Higher Education Association

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

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) strongly supports Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s stated ambitions to ‘eradicate gender inequality in higher education institutions’ and welcomes the targets outlined in the Report of the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan 2018-2020 …” (more)

[THEA, 12 November]

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The Government’s Shouting about Gender Equality Feels One-Note

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

Ireland“The launch of the government’s plan to tackle gender equality in higher education today has caused a media stir. In particular, the decision by higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to create 45 women-only professorships – like most proposals that involve affirmative action – was met with controversy …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 12 November]

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‘Pioneering move’ – First women-only professorships in place by September

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

Ireland“The first 15 of 45 women-only professorships to be created in Irish higher education are expected to be in place by September, as part of the radical initiative to tackle gender discrimination in academia. The Government has set aside €800,000 in funding for 2019 to support the appointments …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 November]

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Ivana Bacik: ‘Gender quotas are necessary to help tackle hidden bias’

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

Ireland“I was delighted at the announcement that the Government will establish women-only professorships in third-level institutions to tackle structural gender inequality. This initiative is very necessary. Despite equal numbers of women and men entering academic careers, women make up less than a quarter of professors …” (more)

[Independent, 13 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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‘Women-only’ posts not the answer to gender imbalance – TCD academic

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

Ireland“A senior Trinity College Dublin academic has said she is not sure if the creation of ‘women-only’ professorships in third level institutions is the way to improve gender balance in the education system. Prof Linda Doyle, dean of research at the university, said that from a feminist perspective there was a need to do something for women to ensure a greater number of them fill senior academic posts …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 12 November]

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