A Good Move for Gender Equality, Overshadowed by Questions of Method and Motive

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Questions remain about the process by which College appointed its new associate vice-provost for equality, diversity and inclusion. At the beginning of the summer, this Editorial Board wrote in glowing terms about Provost Patrick Prendergast’s introspective address at the launch of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter …” (more)

[University Times, 10 November]

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Trinity Rushed Through the Appointment of Top Gender Equality Official

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity rushed through the appointment of a top-ranking officer for gender equality, The University Times has learned, U-turning on an earlier decision not to create the position amid fears that its application for a new government equality initiative would be ‘seriously weakened’ without a senior equality advocate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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THEA Congratulates IT Carlow and CIT on Receipt of Athena Swan Bronze Award

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

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) congratulates IT Carlow and CIT on the success of their submission for the Athena SWAN bronze award and congratulates the teams who worked on these …” (more)

[THEA, 6 May]

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Work-Life Balance

Posted in Legal issues, Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new EU Work-Life Balance Directive has recently been agreed. The ultimate aim of this Directive is to improve gender equality by easing access to work-life balance arrangements for parents and carers and to boost the participation of men in family-related leaves of absence or flexible working arrangements …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 April]

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DIT Receives Athena Swan Award for Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and for bringing about organisational and cultural change within the Institute …” (more)

[THEA, 28 September]

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IT Carlow bidding for gender equality benchmark

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

Ireland“IT Carlow’s to make a formal application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. It would mean the third level facility would be the first in the technological sector to bid for the gender equality benchmark …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR96FM, 12 September]

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SIPTU representatives describe NUIG gender equality award as misleading

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

Ireland“SIPTU Industrial Organiser Noel Maguire, said: ‘This is a very misleading development. SIPTU representatives are flabbergasted that Athena Swan gave this award when there are many outstanding discrimination cases in the university’. He added: ‘It is deeply concerning that this award gives NUIG disgraceful on discrimination record a new air of respectability. The narrow focus of these awards combined with the cosmetic lustre of a PR campaign provides window dressing that is in gross denial of worker’s experience on the ground …'” (more)

[SIPTU, 10 May]

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NUIG addresses gender equality issues

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway has avoided losing out on research funding after securing the first level of an international standard for gender equality. The university has been the subject of criticisms over the low level of promotions of female academics, and there are still cases pending against it in the High Court by four women who were overlooked in a previous promotions round in 2008 and 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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NUI Galway awarded Athena SWAN Bronze despite not promoting four female lecturers taking High Court cases

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway have been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality. Future government research funding to Irish universities is dependent on universities receiving this award. NUI Galway was one of only two Irish universities who had not been awarded Bronze and the only Irish university whose application had been refused twice. We believe this was because of all the bad publicity NUI Galway had received through this campaign …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 May]

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NUI Galway wins recognition for gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway, which was at the centre of a high-profile gender discrimination row, is to receive official recognition for its work to advance gender equality. The college, along with Maynooth University, has received the internationally-recognised Athena Swan bronze award, which demonstrates a solid foundation in eliminating gender bias …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Athena SWAN is an ugly duckling

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“Athena SWAN was established in the UK in 2005 with the admirable aim of increasing the numbers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine at university. The scheme was widened in 2015 to include other subjects, and offers bronze, silver and gold awards to departments and institutions for the ‘advancement of gender equality’ with a view to providing ‘representation, progression and success for all’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Harrison, Times Higher Education, 3 May]

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Three years later and women are still fighting for justice at NUI Galway!

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today is the third anniversary of Micheline’s historic win for gender equality. It was Nov 13, 2014, when the Equality Tribunal issued its landmark ruling concluding that Micheline was discriminated against because of her gender when she was not promoted at NUI Galway in 2009, citing the university’s ‘ramshackle approach to the process’ …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 13 November]

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Why Are Universities Doing Better on Gender Equality Than Institutes of Technology?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five of Ireland’s seven universities hold accreditation on the basis of gender equality, but none of the country’s 14 institutes of technology do. Trinity, University of Limerick, UCD, DCU and UCC have all won the Athena Swan Bronze Award, which looks set to become a condition of research funding by the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Dan Grennan and Nikki Murphy, Dublin Inquirer, 21 June]

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Action needed on gender equality says UCC historian

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Despite laws aimed at improving gender equality being introduced 100 years ago, the pace of progress has been slow, and action is needed now, not words, a historian has said …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 October]

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Greater co-ordination needed to ensure university gender equality, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Following the recent gender discrimination award to a lecturer in NUIG, Joan Donegan, deputy general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for co-ordinated action by all universities to ensure equality for women at senior lecturer and professorial level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 18 December]

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Gender Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2014 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Socialist Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she will implement to bring a higher representation of women in senior positions in the universities and institutes of technology …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 December]

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NUIG Siptu members to vote on equality audit of posts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Siptu trade union members on NUI Galway’s academic staff may push for an independent ‘equality audit’ of university posts. About 230 academics who are members of the union will be asked to vote at an ’emergency’ meeting early January on a motion calling for a ‘comprehensive’ audit throughout the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Galway lecturer launches equality campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A Galway lecturer discriminated against by NUI Galway has launched a campaign for greater gender equality at the university. The Equality Tribunal last month ruled that botany lecturer Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 10 December]

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Gender bias and science

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The headline ‘Women held back by “family obligations”, says MIT professor’ misrepresents both Dick Ahlstrom’s article (December 5th) and the primary message I delivered at WiSER’s (Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research) Trinity College Dublin event …” (more)

[Nancy Hopkins, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Online Petition: Micheline’s Three Conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, a botanist for 34 years at NUI Galway, last month won a case against the University who were found to have discriminated against her because of her gender when they failed to promote her to Senior Lecturer. However, five other eligible women lecturers at NUI Galway were also denied promotion …” (more)

[Change.org, 8 December]

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