Gender equality: universities are still all talk and too many trousers

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

“Anyone who sincerely believes that academia is a meritocracy must be either deluded or in denial. This is the blunt conclusion of our recent research into how female academics feel about the system. Even now, in the age of high-profile equality initiatives such as the UK’s Athena SWAN programme, unconscious bias remains rife …” (more)

[Laurie Cohen and Jo Duberley, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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To get more women in STEM little girls need better role models

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2017 by steve

“I recently went to my great-niece Sophie’s fourth birthday party, where her friends – both boys and girls – ran around without a hint of prejudice or discrimination. They were equals. It occurred to me how this idyll of equality disappears as boys and girls grow into adulthood …” (more)

[Hilary Lappin-Scott, The Conversation, 3 February]

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The Catholic Church and Opus Dei – the reason why NUI Galway came to have so few women in senior posts?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Since we started this campaign we’ve often pondered how NUI Galway became so exceptionally bad for the representation of women in higher posts. They are so bad it was possible to show, using the previous SHE figures, that only the University of Malta could have a worse Glass Ceiling Index in all of Europe! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 February]

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Where are all the women economists?

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

“I dare you to do something. Fetch a piece of paper and write something on it: the names of five famous female economists. Go on, off you go. And no cheating – no googling on your iPhone. It’s hard, isn’t it? …” (more)

[Frances Weetman, New Statesman, 3 February]

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New equality initiative at UCC aims for gender ratio of 60:40

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new European Union-funded gender equality initiative at University College Cork (UCC) aims to achieve a gender ratio of 60:40, men to women, on all major decision-making bodies at the university. UCC is one of seven universities across Europe participating in the four-year GENOVATE initiative, which is aimed at achieving equal representation of women in research and innovation across all disciplines …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Are parents to blame for the lack of women in Stem?

Posted in Life on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Blame the parents. They may want the best for their children, but many end up directing them away from certain areas of study based on outdated notions of ‘acceptable’ careers. A major Government-commissioned report into the shortage of female graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) found that parents are heavily influencing their daughters’ career choices in particular …” (more)

[Nora-Ide McAuliffe, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Women in STEM ‘more likely to burn out’

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Women working in university science departments report higher levels of job-related burnout than men, suggests new research. The study points to reasons why women working in science might leave academia and offers ways for universities to better support them …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 25 January]

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Gender imbalance in science journals is still pervasive

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2017 by steve

International“In 2012, this journal admitted its gender bias. Following a complaint from two readers that too few News & Views articles were written by women, we totted up the numbers and realized that they were correct. Moreover, the imbalance was present in other sections of Nature, too …” (more)

[Nature, 25 January]

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Gender-isory

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This November marks the second anniversary of my successful gender equality case at the Equality Tribunal against NUI Galway for its failure to appoint me to the post of Senior Lecturer. It was hailed as a landmark case and should have been a call to arms, not just for NUI Galway, but for all third-level institutions. However, the awakening is slow and I doubt that much has changed on the ground – or in attitudes amongst university management …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Village Magazine, 10 January]

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Change the way we run universities to unlock women’s talent

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

“Striving for gender equality is vitally important, particularly in higher education. As the sector continues to encounter massive changes, we need every bit of talent and the very best, skilled leaders to guide us through. There is a wealth of evidence from the private sector that increased diversity in senior positions leads to better-run and better-performing organisations …” (more)

[Vijaya Nath, Times Higher Education, 28 December]

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New Gender Recognition Progress on College Records Seeks to Support Transgender Students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Transgender, non-binary and intersex students will now be able to change their name and gender on College records without the need for official documentation, following the launch of a new service by Trinity’s Academic Registry …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 27 December]

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University rankings and gender

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While I agree with Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington’s criticism of university rankings based solely on research output (December 20th), I cannot understand why a ranking system based on the number of senior female academics would be in any way superior …” (more)

[Ruairí Ó Crualaoich, Irish Times, 21 December]

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Gender warning to third levels

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Moves to withhold research funds from universities that fail to deal with gender inequality have been welcomed by an academic union.The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board will only allow those from 20 publicly-funded third-level colleges apply for competitive funding if they have met minimum requirements to deal with the issues from the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Colleges to lose funds over gender inequality

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only colleges tackling academic gender inequality will be eligible for a slice of an annual €230m public research fund. The measures aimed at getting more than 20 publicly funded institutions to take gender equality in research careers more seriously will take effect from the end of 2019. Only those with the minimum bronze accreditation under the Athena Swan gender equality scheme …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Gender gap emerges in maths and science in Irish secondary schools

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The gender gap is widening when it comes to science and maths in secondary schools, with boys performing significantly better than girls in the subjects …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Do You Want to be Described as Hard Working?

Posted in Life on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“I visited Oxford this week to talk to the Women in Physics group, mainly made up of students and postdocs (not all of whom were women). Tea and excellent scones were provided to stimulate good discussion. I was duly grilled as the voice of experience and asked to provide advice about career progression and setbacks …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 1 December]

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NUI Galway fails President’s promise to be leader in tackling gender equality

Posted in Legal issues on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the adoption of his Task Force report last May, President Jim Browne claimed NUI Galway would become a ‘leader in this space’ when it came to tackling gender inequality. At the time, this campaign celebrated achieving the first of Micheline’s three conditions, as the Task Force had recommended promotion quotas for women using a cascade system …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 December]

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NUIG refutes claims of continued gender discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has refuted claims that it’s ‘punishing’ women who highlighted issues surrounding gender discrimination at the university. In a statement, college authorities said accusations made by the Irish Federation of University Teachers are ‘ill-informed’ and ‘untrue’ …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 14 November]

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Women in science and academia

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read with interest the article by Aine McMahon on women in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem), in which she quoted the views of Regina Moran, representing the corporate world, and Christine Loscher, representing academia (‘Successful career in Stem field now more achievable for women’, November 10th) …” (more)

[Jane Grimson, Irish Times, 15 November]

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NUI Galway punishing women who highlighted gender discrimination, says IFUT

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has criticised NUI Galway for failing to address outstanding legal and Labour Court cases on blatant gender discrimination, a full two years after the Equality Tribunal ruled against the college in the Sheehy-Skeffington case …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 November]

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