Are NUI Galway deliberately hiding their re application to Athena SWAN to prevent objections?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On the heels of the successful #SolidariTEA held last week by NUI Galway staff and students in support of the four female lecturers who have taken their battle for promotion to the High Court, we thought an update on the latest round of Athena SWAN applications was warranted. The word around the university is that NUI Galway submitted a third application for the award by the Nov 30th deadline …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 December]

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UL president emails staff over concerns: ‘We want to stop discrimination’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has this week issued an email to all staff, stating that UL will challenge ‘any discriminatory incidents on campus by UL staff or by UL students’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 December]

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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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NUIG urged to resolve issue of four women seeking promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chair of NUI Galway women’s staff network has called on the outgoing university president to resolve the situation of four academics taking legal action over lack of promotion. Dr Rachel Hilliard said NUIG president Dr Jim Browne ‘still has time’ to address the issue before he leaves his post at the end of this year …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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Science Research Jobs, Open Only to Women

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

“Germany’s Max Planck Society of research institutes has launched a women-only program of tenure-track positions to improve its gender balance and stop rivals poaching its best female scientists. The Lise Meitner excellence program, named after the pioneering early-20th-century physicist, is one of several women-only hiring initiatives that some observers believe are becoming more common while the proportion of women in top research positions remains stubbornly low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 7 December]

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Why ‘Fresh’ Was a Step Too Far, Even for Liberal Trinity

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

Ireland“If you discount the potential of symbolic changes, then you haven’t been paying much attention to history. Even seemingly trivial amendments to the classifications of our every day have precipitated sweeping effects on culture, ideology and the values of society – in good ways and bad. Holocaust scholar Timothy Snyder recently pointed out that, ‘in the politics of the everyday, our words and gestures, or their absence, count very much’ …” (more)

[University Times, 3 December]

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‘Fresh’, While Well-Intentioned, Is Ridiculous

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leinster House was not the only place in Dublin yesterday to offer some political entertainment. Trinity’s internal politics proved to be equally as compelling for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it was announced that the term used to describe first and second-year students, ‘freshman’, is to be scrapped and replaced with the gender-neutral ‘fresh’ …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 29 November]

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After Online Uproar, Clarification on ‘Fresh’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following online backlash over the change in terms from ‘freshman’ to ‘fresh’, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, sent out an email clarifying the usage of the new term as an adjective. Students will not be referred to as junior or senior fresh, but as junior or senior fresh students ‘to ensure grammatical accuracy’, according to Morash …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 November]

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Engineering in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“About 6% of those studying Engineering for the Leaving Cert are female. Why is this? First, Engineering is probably not offered in many all-girl schools. Second, the Leaving Cert engineering syllabus is bloody awful. I’m an engineer and I find it boring …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 November]

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A Fresh Farce from the Trinity Administration

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Earlier today an email was circulated throughout Trinity College. It announced that the board of the university had approved a proposal from the Equality Committee that the title given to first- and second-year undergraduate students be changed from ‘Freshman’ to the gender-neutral term ‘Fresh’ …” (more)

[Cormac O’Herlihy, Burkean Journal, 28 November]

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Trinity College to drop ‘freshman’ term over inclusivity concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will now refer to freshman students as junior and senior ‘fresh’ students in order to be inclusive to all gender identities. In an email to staff and students, Vice-Provost of TCD Chris Morash said the decision was a small but important change that would ‘ensure that all Trinity students are equally included by the language used to describe them, be they male, female or of another gender identity’ …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 28 November]

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‘Freshman’ Students to Become Gender-Neutral ‘Fresh’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First and second-year students, who have been traditionally referred to as ‘freshman’ students in Trinity, will now be known as junior and senior ‘fresh’ students in an effort to be inclusive to all gender identities …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Róisín Power, University Times, 28 November]

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Shortage of science and maths teachers threatens Stem strategy

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An acute shortage of teachers in key subject areas such as maths and science threatens to undermine ambitious Government plans to boost uptake of Stem subjects such as science, technology and maths. Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to launch a policy strategy on Monday aimed at making Ireland a ‘European leader’ in Stem education by 2026 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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More women hold third-level qualifications than men, Census shows

Posted in Life on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women in Ireland are better educated than their male counterparts, according to the latest data on educational participation in Ireland. New figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Thursday show a substantial overall increase in the level of educational achievement in the country, growing steadily over the last two and a half decades …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 23 November]

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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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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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