Why we need more women at the top of higher education

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

Ireland“The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex than many in leadership positions (mainly men) originally envisaged. An economic imperative, whereby funding for universities is now linked to diversity targets, has contributed to the sudden enlightenment regarding the importance of gender equality within the higher educational landscape …” (more)

[Judith Harford, Irish Times, 17 September]

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All but one of 14 institutes of technology have yet to apply for gender equality benchmark

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“All but one of the 14 institutes of technology have yet to submit an application for the gender equality benchmark needed by the end of next year to be eligible for public research funding. Although institutes of technology (ITs) involved in planned mergers to become technological universities (TUs) have a longer timeframe in which to secure the Athena Swan bronze award, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has submitted its application this summer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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IT Tralee will implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances if needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’ll implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances, if needed. A policy announced by the Technological Higher Education Association commits all institutes of Technology to address imbalances in sectors traditionally dominated by one gender …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 4 September]

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More than aspiration needed to tackle gender discrimination

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

Ireland“The 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education was held in Trinity College Dublin, on the 20th-22nd August 2018. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference was held in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 August]

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Queen’s University Belfast receives £500k to improve gender equality within STEM

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

“Queen’s University Belfast has received over £500,000 funding for research that aims to improve gender equality within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Despite numerous gender equality initiatives, fewer than 10% of the UK’s engineers are women – the lowest percentage in Europe – and the proportion of women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012 …” (more)

[QUB, 22 August]

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European charter to promote gender equality launched in Trinity today

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

Ireland“A new European charter to promote gender equality has been launched today. The announcement was made during a Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, which is being held in Trinity this week. The Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter forms part of the 2020 initiative named the SAGE project. The project seeks to build a stronger commitment to gender equality in third level and research institutions …” (more)

[Dalia Fleitlikh, Trinity News, 22 August]

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Tech institutes commit to  putting more women in senior posts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 14 institutes of technology have committed to increasing the number of women in senior positions. Some 48% of academic staff in the institutes are female, but only 17% are in the highest paid positions with salaries of at least €106,000, according to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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Third-level sector funding to be tied to gender equality improvements

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Future funding for higher education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said. A report setting out how universities and Institutes of Technology will be judged on their efforts to tackle the gender gap in the sector is due in the middle of September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Major European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education today (20th August 2018) officially opened the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 August]

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Is The End In Sight?

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

“The above report appeared in the Connacht Tribune last Thursday, but is it right? Are we really near the end of the campaign, and can we soon celebrate the four women finally being given what they deserve by NUI Galway? Or is this simply university management feeding the press a line? The campaign knows management told another reporter, more than a month ago, that the cases were settled …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 June]

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Gender Balance – SFI

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

Fiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress in achieving more gender balance in funded research under Science Foundation Ireland’s Agenda 2020 strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Current equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More robust initiatives are needed from government to ensure gender and pay equality, according to Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Addressing a meeting on the role of trade unions in equality issues in higher education, UCC (today, March 7th). Joan Donegan said that all too often our equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver equality …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 March]

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‘A gender equality paradox’: Countries with more gender equality have less female STEM grads

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on February 18th, 2018 by steve

International“Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Gender Equality – Implementation of Recommendations

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

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which each of the recommendations of the report of the expert group, Higher Education Authority, HEA, national review of gender equality in Irish higher education institutions, has been implemented in each institution, in tabular form; the timeframe for the implementation of each recommendation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Observers should be used to prevent gender bias in universities European report recommends

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is among the League of European Research Universities recommending external observation of hiring processes. Independent observers should be included on academic hiring committees to avoid gender bias, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) recommends. …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 25 January]

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New era at NUI Galway: Let’s hope it bodes well for women’s promotions

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

Ireland“A new era has begun at NUI Galway. We hope it becomes the era of gender equality where the women who have filed discrimination suits against the university are – after what is now a nine-year wait – finally promoted. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, a Galway native, took over as president of the university this month, ending the 10-year reign of Dr Jim Browne. Dr Browne gave a stunning parting interview to Cois Coiribe, NUI Galway’s annual magazine for alumni, that at best could be described as hypocritical …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 January]

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The hard slog for university gender equality

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

Ireland“In the late 1980s I addressed a session of the annual meeting of the Conference of University Personnel Administrators – as it was then called: it is now Universities Human Resources (UHR). At the time I was a Lecturer in Industrial Relations in Trinity College Dublin, and one of my specialisms was equality and discrimination in employment. I was asked to reflect on the state of gender equality in universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 January]

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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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We post the NUI Galway Athena SWAN application

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

Ireland“The campaign has been sent NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN application. This is the application that was submitted by the closing date of November 30th but which has failed to appear, or even be acknowledged, on NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN web page. This is the application they haven’t sent to Micheline and others who have asked for a copy, deliberately hindering any objections. Their action is in contrast to Maynooth University’s open announcement and application publication on Dec 1st …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 21 December]

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Disrupting the Status Quo? Discrimination in Academic Promotions

Posted in Legal issues on December 22nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandAbstract: In June 2016 the HEA Report of the Expert Group stated that there was a need for ‘radical action’ without which they could not guarantee that Higher Education Institutes would ‘ever be free of gender inequality’. This report was commissioned in the aftermath of the now high profile case of Sheehy Skeffington v National University of Ireland Galway (DEC-E2014-078) and the controversy surrounding this decision. This article addresses the decision in Sheehy Skeffington v NUI Galway, the fallout from that decision and the recommendations of the Gender Equality Review as regards recruitment and promotion. In particular, this article looks at that recommendation considered most radical, yet also considered necessary, namely the introduction of mandatory gender quotas. This article seeks to assess why it was deemed necessary for the Expert Review Group to recommend the introduction of mandatory quotas and to posit the question: what happens if the HEIs do not comply with that recommendation?

Quinlivan, Shivaun, Disrupting the Status Quo? Discrimination in Academic Promotions (July 18, 2017). Irish Employment Law Journal 2017, 14(3), 68-75.

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