Today’s #solidariTEA to support the women lecturers a huge success!!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today’s #solidariTEA event at NUI Galway supporting the women taking court cases had over 300 participants and raised a lot of money, we hear. It was organised by the University Women’s Network along with the Students Union, Fem Soc, Gender Arc and others …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 December]

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Gender Equality – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the scheme, as identified as necessary by NUIG’s gender task force, to address the gender imbalance among administrative staff grades will be implemented; the reason for the delay in its implementation; the number and grade of persons tasked with its formulation and implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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NUI Galway response to Open Letter fails to refute anything Micheline wrote!

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s response in the media to Micheline’s Open Letter is very interesting and worth studying carefully. Galway Bay FM and the Connacht Tribune both reported that NUI Galway stated there is ‘no connection whatsoever’ between their unsuccessful applications and the legal cases of four colleagues …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 22 November]

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University Funding to be linked to Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities in Ireland will now risk losing funding if they fail to promote a sufficient number of women into higher roles, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has announced …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen, University Observer, 22 November]

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NUI Galway refutes claims unsuccessful bid for gender equality award linked to ongoing discrimination cases

Posted in Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has moved to dismiss claims that an unsuccessful bid for a gender equality award is linked to ongoing legal action involving four female lecturers. It follows the issuing of an open letter by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who won a discrimination case against the university in November 2014 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 November]

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Micheline’s open letter published today in Galway’s City Tribune

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMicheline’s open letter was published today in the Galway City Tribune. It’s a long letter which they published in full. It’s also appeared on several sites on line. Please help by circulating it using emails or social media. Everyone will now come to understand that it’s management’s intransigence which is threatening NUI Galway’s research funding, not the five women we support, and management are going to have to give in and finally correct the gender discrimination … (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces that Ireland will be hosting the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (17th November 2017) has announced that Ireland will host the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference will be held in Ireland. These European conferences have since 1998 brought together hundreds of gender equality practitioners, researchers and administrators from Europe and beyond … (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 November]

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Micheline’s open letter to NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN committee

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline sent this letter addressed to the Chair of NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN committee on the third anniversary of her 2014 landmark gender discrimination case ruling. It is a very important letter …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 November]

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Supporting Trans Staff in Ireland’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gender equality in higher education has recently come under scrutiny, with the introduction of the new gender equality taskforce. While this initiative will look into the employment and promotion practices of higher education institutions regarding women in high ranking positions, it is unclear whether or not it will look into gender equality in the broader sense …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 16 November]

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Wonderful Article on Micheline, her Tour and the Campaign in the Daily Mail Colour Magazine

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is an antique writing desk in the sitting room of Micheline Sheehy Skeffington’s home near Clarinbridge in Co Galway. It’s small by today’s standards, ornate and made in a dark wood …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 9 November]

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Gender Equality Action Plan ‘Must Be Presented Without Delay’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is being urged not to ‘drag its feet’ on producing a gender equality action plan for third level institutions. The call is coming from Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Hot Press, 7 November]

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Irish Research Council welcomes establishment of gender equality task force for higher education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed the launch by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD of a gender equality task force in higher education. Commenting today, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 6 November]

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Gender equality in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We had the report on gender equality in NUI Galway (2016). We had the Higher Education Authority’s National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education (2016). The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has publicly accepted that gender inequality is a problem …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 7 November]

[The 2016 Report is here]

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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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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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NUI Galway trumpets all they have done for equality but says nothing about the ongoing gender discrimination cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a press release, reported yesterday by several newspapers including the Irish Independent, NUI Galway trumpeted what they have been doing recently to put right the position of women in the university and other actions for equality. Foremost were the results of the recent promotion round to Senior Lecturer in which 14 men were promoted and 19 women …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 November]

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NUI Galway Publishes Progress Report on Equality and Diversity

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today published a progress report on its activities relating to equality and diversity/gender equality. The report includes data on its latest senior lecturer promotion scheme, through which 33 lecturers advanced …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 31 October]

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NUIG above average for promotion of women

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is above the national average when it comes to promoting women to senior posts, a new study reveals. In its progress report on Equality and Diversity published yesterday, the institution said 58% of the 33 academics promoted to senior lecturer grades are women (19), compared with 42% who are male (14) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 31 October]

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NUI Galway lecturer wins Labour Court case over promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of five female academics who initiated action against NUI Galway over lack of promotion has won her case in the Labour Court and has been promoted by the university …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Women and third-level posts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Horgan is to be congratulated on becoming the first woman to be elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI). Interviewed to mark this feat, she claims that, ‘If you do your job properly I don’t think gender matters, quite frankly’ (‘First female president of Royal College of Physicians is set to take office’, News, October 16th) …” (more)

[Clare O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 October]

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