Will female-only professorships make the difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Gender balance in higher education institutions is on the way, but not fast enough. This, in a nutshell, is the argument for female-only professorships. But will they make a difference? The recent report of the gender equality taskforce concluded that, based on current trends, it could take 20 years to reach a situation were 40% of professors are women …” (more)

[Muireann Lynch and Selina McCoy, Irish Times, 15 July]

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A Female University President Should be a Government Priority, Not a ‘Possibly’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the almost two years since Mary Mitchell O’Connor became the country’s first Minister for Higher Education, it can hardly be disputed that gender equality has been the issue to dominate her time in office. From establishing a dedicated Gender Equality Taskforce to creating 45 new senior posts in higher education institutes that are gender-specific, Mitchell O’Connor has been insistent in her commitment to championing women in academia, and to ushering in a new era of gender equality in higher education …” (more)

[University Times, 30 June]

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The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been so busy over the last week or so that I forgot to mention that on Friday (21st June) the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced a new scheme to improve the gender balance in senior academic roles in Irish universities …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 June]

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Backlash about ‘female-only’ posts is rubbish – we need to right the balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Summer solstice 2019: the day higher education in Ireland changed forever. I officially opened the call to higher education institutions to apply for new professorial and senior lecturer posts – gender-specific posts. The third-level sector in Ireland is underpinned by gender inequality, gender discrimination and instructional bias …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Independent, 27 June]

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Unconscious Bias Training Isn’t a Magic Wand

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

“This week saw a sober assessment of the impact – both positive but also depressingly negative – of schemes to improve gender equality. As the Athena Swan Review Group wrestles with how to improve their own awards, it is important to learn from mistakes as well as successes. In years gone by I spoke up for Athena Swan …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 June]

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First women-only professorships due to be appointed before end of this year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The first of up to 45 women-only professorships aimed at tacking gender inequality in higher education are due to be made before the end of this year. Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor on Friday officially opened applications to the what is called the ‘senior academic leadership initiative’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications for funding under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2019, in line with the requirements set out in the Call for Applications. This Call is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) …” (more, download)

[HEA, 21 June]

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Creation of ‘women-only’ university posts not about keeping men out of power, says Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The opening up of women-only posts in Irish higher education – which takes place from today – is not about keeping men out of high-powered positions, said Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. ‘But there is no reason why women should continue to play second fiddle when it comes to seniority’, she added …” more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 June]

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IUA Statement in response to the Call for Proposals for the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI)

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the announcement of the Call for Proposals for the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI). Our member universities are enthusiastic about engaging in this positive initiative to address the gender imbalance at senior academic level …” (more)

[IUA, 21 June]

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Gender-specific academic posts launched to achieve balance in Irish third level

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With women making up just 24% of professors in Irish universities, new gender-specific academic posts are to be launched to achieve diversity at a senior level in the third level sector. A call for applications to a new ‘Senior Academic Leadership’ initiative has been announced this Friday, which aims to accelerate gender balance among senior positions within Irish higher level institutions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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Unintended consequences of gender-equality plans

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2019 by steve

“As someone who studies academic organizations and their efforts to encourage equality, I believe that dedicated programmes to address inequalities are essential. I also worry they might not be designed to provide support to the very people who need it …” (more)

[Charikleia Tzanakou, Nature, 18 June]

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University campuses should be welcoming to all – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Speaking following a meeting between Sinn Féin representatives and Queen’s University on equality issues, Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘We had a positive discussion on the university’s new draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy; and on issues such as visibility of the Irish Language …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 May]

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DkIT Shines a Light on Gender Equality with Preparation for Athena Swan Submission

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has commenced its preparations to submit an application for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award – the gender quality benchmark – to the Advance Higher Education’s (HE) Gender Equality Charters Team. The submission is an institution-wide initiative led by the Research Office at DkIT …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 13 April]

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Men have ‘teeny-weeny’ interest in gender equality, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has delivered a blistering attack on male attitudes to gender equality. She described men’s level of interest in equality as ‘small, as in teeny-weeny small, as in this small’, as she gestured to her audience with her thumb and forefinger only centimetres apart …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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We must invest in education with a focus on equity of outcome

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The educational achievement of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds remains alarmingly below that of better-off pupils, calling for an ongoing policy response involving early education and other vital supports. The advantages of a complete and meaningful education, particularly a third-level qualification, follows a person throughout their life …” (more)

[Michelle Murphy, Irish Times, 22 February]

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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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