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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Micheline’s US tour gets off to successful start

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline has successfully completed the first phase of her US tour, speaking and filming in New York, Boston and Connecticut as she retraces her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’s epic tour in 1917. At various venues, she connected her talks about Hanna’s striving for justice to her own fight for gender equality at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 October]

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College settles gender case with female lecturer

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

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has reached a settlement with one of five female academics who have been pursuing gender discrimination cases over a promotions process in 2009. The development comes as mediation failed to resolve the college’s long-running dispute with four other women whose cases have been going through the courts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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NUI Galway’s derisory offer revealed as they fail Athena SWAN application again

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the last meeting of the Governing Body, two weeks ago, to our great surprise NUI Galway revealed the details of their final offer made to the four women last month. These details were supposedly strictly secret, so we have never known what it was that the women turned down, but then NUI Galway circulated the offer to every member of the Governing Body! That means that over 40 people got to see it …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 September]

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Retracing the steps of feminist and republican hero Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… While much of her focus is to be on the work of her grandparents, and Irish and women’s history, the plant ecologist will also be highlighting continuing gender inequality in Irish academia. She has offered her €70,000 award in a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway to support five other women who, like her, were not promoted in 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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NUI Galway appoints Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh as 13th president

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

Ireland“Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh has been appointed as the 13th president of NUI Galway and will take over the helm next January following the ending of Dr Jim Browne’s 10-year term of office. However, the incoming president has faced immediate calls to meet with Siptu, which has said that it wants talks on how ‘he intends to resolve the systemic discrimination against women staff across all grades’ in the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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Micheline sets sail to America

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Micheline is determined that every lecture and interview in the US will reference her ongoing fight against NUI Galway for the promotion of the five women, who, like her, were shortlisted but not promoted in 2009. The women still have not been promoted as they were out of time to take an Equality Tribunal case as she did …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 September]

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Gender pay gap at Queen’s University to be narrowed but will remain

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

“The pay gap between male and female professors at Queen’s University Belfast, which has drawn fierce criticism, is to remain for at least another seven years. The university came under fire from staff after a study found it had the widest gender pay gap among senior academics of 24 leading institutions in Britain and Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 4 August]

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Government task force on gender bias welcomed, but at NUI Galway and other Irish Universities, it helps to look at where the power is

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In July, the Higher Education Authority issued this year’s figures for gender percentages in Irish Universities and other higher-education institutions. Because this Web page focused on the four female lecturers’ mediation coming to an end at NUI Galway, we made no comment on the HEA report – and we didn’t produce an updated version of our table ranking the Irish Universities. But we found we didn’t need to …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 4 August]

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Third Level Institutions Face Funding Cuts Over Gender Gap

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

Ireland“Third Level institutions across the country have been condemned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as new figures revealed that women in senior positions are under-represented. New measures implemented by the HEA will see State funding being linked to each Third Level institutions’ performance in overcoming the ongoing issue of gender inequality and has resulted in mandatory gender quotas to decrease the gender gap at senior levels …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, Campus.ie, 31 July]

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A Female University President is No Panacea for Deeper Gender Equality Issues

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

Ireland“NUI Galway, which for years has been at the centre of the storm when it comes to gender inequality, is actively headhunting a female president. Apparently convinced this will be the solution to the institution’s problems, the university is more likely to learn a different lesson: tackling the symptom without addressing the root cause is always going to be to some extent futile …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, University Times, 30 July]

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Government Taskforce to Consider Quotas as Solution to Higher Education’s Gender Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A government taskforce will examine the possibility of introducing gender quotas in colleges and universities, the latest response to several years of statistics showing worrying levels of gender inequality in the higher education sector …” (more)

[Jake O’Donnell, University Times, 23 July]

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Academia and gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I welcome the report on this matter by Carl O’Brien (News, July 20th). The figures for Trinity College Dublin are certainly unacceptable. At lecturer level there are 50% men and women. This becomes 65% to 35% at senior lecturer level, 58% to 42% at associate professor level and 81% to 19% at full professor level …” (more)

[Gerald Morgan, Irish Times, 24 July]

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Women and academia

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

Ireland“Sir, – The recent coverage of the under-representation of women among the senior ranks of the State’s colleges and universities is a sobering reminder of how much ground still needs to be covered in levelling the playing field for women academics (Carl O’Brien, ‘Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows’, News, July 20th) … (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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University gender bias: ‘Mediocre men outperform outstanding women’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university sector. ‘It’s not good for colleges, it’s not good for the country – we’re missing out on a huge talent pool’, she said. ‘Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Third-level colleges face funding cuts if they fail to tackle gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over the coming years. While men and women are equally represented within universities and colleges in Ireland, women are significantly under-represented in senior roles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Colleges are criticised for having too few women in senior roles

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has criticised third-level colleges for a continuing ‘significant lack of representation’ of women in key senior roles. There were only ‘small improvements’, of less than 2%, between 2015 and 2016 in addressing the under-representation of females in academic and decision-making roles in higher education, according to a HEA report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 July]

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Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of all of lecturers in the seven universities are female, these numbers fall dramatically at higher grades such as associate professor (29%) and professor (21%). There has never been a female president since the establishment of the first Irish university about 425 years ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Progress in Gender Equality Among Irish Academic Staff at ‘Snail’s Pace’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A report published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today has shown only marginal improvements of one to two per cent in the representation of women in governing roles and professorships positions in higher education institutions in Ireland …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 July]

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