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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Academic not appointed to NUIG equality task force

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has clarified that Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington has not been appointed to sit on a task force aimed at reviewing gender equality at the university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 December]

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Sheehy Skeffington petition demands better equality at NUIG

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

Ireland“Scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington – who recently won a discrimination case against NUI Galway (NUIG) – aims to fill the university’s quadrangle with fellow academics and students on Tuesday to petition for greater gender equality …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Former lecturer who won €70k gender discrimination case urges college staff to join her in protest

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

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington is urging other NUIG staff to join her at the Galway campus at lunchtime to call for a greater level of gender equality within the college. Dr Sheehy Skeffington, who took early retirement from her post as a botany lecturer …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 8 December]

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Student drinking almost equal by gender

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2010 by steve

“Female college students appear to be binge-drinking at least as often as their male counterparts and sometimes match them drink for drink, according to research published in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 29 September]

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Engineering the last male bastion

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The majority of Irish lawyers, pharmacists, dentists, doctors, and physiotherapists in the future will be women. Nursing and primary-school teaching have long been dominated by women; now other professions are heading the same way. The latest figures show that females now outnumber males 59% to 41% in the country’s seven universities. In the entire tertiary sector, including institutes of technology, the figure is 55% to 45% …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 25 October]

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Educated women ‘aid long life’

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2009 by steve

Sweden“A well-educated woman positively influences both her own and her partner’s chances of a long life, Swedish research suggests. A man whose partner had only a school education has a 25% greater risk of dying early than if she had had a university education, it suggests …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 October]

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Gender balance in medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Madam, – Brian Mooney (HEALTHplus, August 25th) suggests the ‘establishment’ may be supporting the change in admissions to redress the ‘feminisation’ of medicine. The issue of females in medicine, their career progression and possible obstacles has received considerable attention in other jurisdictions, but perhaps less so in Ireland. This has been the subject of research involving the author, Dr Kate Meghen and Dr Geraldine Boylan in UCC which will shortly be published. We quantitatively document the gender balance in all areas of medicine in Ireland accurate to the end of 2008 and also present qualitative data obtained from interviewing a cohort of female hospital consultants and female clinical academic staff …” (more)

[Siún O’Flynn, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Gender balance in medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 28th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Madam, – We are extremely concerned over a number of inaccuracies which are currently distorting the debate on the mechanisms of admission to medical schools in Ireland. The change in the medical school entry process arose from the recommendation in the Government-commissioned Fottrell report on medical education in 2006, stating that the ‘Leaving Certificate results should no longer be the sole selection mechanism for undergraduate student’ …” (more)

[Dermot Kelleher, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Gender balance in medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Madam, – Correspondents to your paper calling for a 50:50 ratio of male and female students in medical schools may have information I have not been able to find. What is the ratio of males to females applying for places? The CAO would not tell me for reasons of confidentiality when I asked years ago, but anecdotal evidence I gathered suggested more girls than boys applied. The HPat test was devised apparently, to increase the number of boys getting places. I regret that any form of gender discrimination was brought in by a Minister for Education, particularly a female one, Mary Hanafin …” (more)

[Mary Henry, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Gender balance in medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Madam, – Siobhan Wilson (August 24th) makes the point that criteria other than ‘hardworking’, ‘bright’ and ‘brilliant’ need to apply for entry to medical school. As a past Chair of the Education Committee of the Medical Council and member of the Fottrell Committee that led to the professionalisation of medical education, the same point was often made to me. Patients were of the opinion that those with high points tended to lack communication skills, empathy and patience. I saw this as part of a more general disillusionment with the medical profession, male and female, that has led to significant changes in the teaching of medicine and now in entry requirements …” (more)

[Tom O’Dowd, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Girls suffer for sake of more male GPs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The system for entry to medicine was changed not because there was a problem with the quality of Irish doctors, as there wasn’t. The only problem with Irish doctors, as some people saw it, was that those entering general practice were predominantly female – so also are the other caring professions such as nursing, radiography, physiotherapy, dietetics, care assistant and, indeed, primary school teaching. An aptitude test on one single day in February, on 17 and 18-year-olds who are in the throes of preparing for their Leaving Cert and already stressed preparing for exams, could not possibly test them for how they will be six years later when qualified …” (more)

[Marion Dunne, Independent, 25 August]

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