Higher education and precarious work

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We disagree with Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, that allowing universities to pay salaries of up to €337,000 to high profile academics will ‘provide the best value for money for the State’s investment in talent’ (‘Universities get green light for salaries over €335,000’, News, March 12th) …” (more)

[Ulf Strohmayer and 10 others, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Current equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More robust initiatives are needed from government to ensure gender and pay equality, according to Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Addressing a meeting on the role of trade unions in equality issues in higher education, UCC (today, March 7th). Joan Donegan said that all too often our equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver equality …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 March]

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University of Limerick has made ‘significant advancement’ for women in senior roles

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has increased its representation of women in senior roles by 23% since 2007, an International Women’s Day conference has heard. During the last 10 years, UL has moved from an 8% representation of women at full professorial levels to a 31% representation today, according to UL head of equality and diversity Marie Connolly …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 8 March]

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UCC to become first Irish university to fly the Transgender Pride Flag

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork will become the first university in Ireland to fly the Transgender Pride Flag this afternoon. It is to mark its commitment to trans and non-binary staff and students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 March]


UCD’s Gender-Neutral Toilets

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

Ireland“Just recently University College Dublin announced that they are planning to re-designate 170 toilets as gender neutral and construct new transgender changing facilities. Supposedly this move is part of a new university policy to provide a welcoming campus for transgender and ‘gender-fluid’ students and employees …” (more)

[Michael O’Dwyer Connolly, Burkean Journal, 28 February]

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University degrees on the rise for women

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A higher proportion of women in their early 30s are university educated, a new report from the Central Statistics Office found. It shows 60% of women aged between 30 and 34 had a third-level qualification, compared to 46% of men of the same age group. However, there was little difference in older age groups …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon, Independent, 23 February]

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Young women more likely to have degrees than male peers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Young women are much more likely to have third-level qualifications than young men, new figures show. A Central Statistics Office report notes a significant educational attainment gap between the genders among those aged in their 20s and early 30s. Among 20- to 24-year-olds, for example, 24% of males had a third-level qualification, compared to 33% of women …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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DCU rules out men in adverts for three academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has said it will consider only women candidates for three academic posts it has advertised in Saudi Arabia. The university plans to hire a lecturer in data analytics, an adjunct lecturer in advanced practice nursing, and an assistant professor in marketing. All will teach at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, or PNU, the world’s largest women-only college, in Riyadh …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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‘A gender equality paradox’: Countries with more gender equality have less female STEM grads

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on February 18th, 2018 by steve

International“Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Gender Equality – Implementation of Recommendations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which each of the recommendations of the report of the expert group, Higher Education Authority, HEA, national review of gender equality in Irish higher education institutions, has been implemented in each institution, in tabular form; the timeframe for the implementation of each recommendation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Challenges facing women in higher education remain, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Improvements secured in recent years tackling the especially precarious nature of employment facing women in Higher Education in Ireland were highlighted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) at a special international conference ‘On the move for Equality, Advancing Women’ Leadership’, organised by Education International, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 4th to 7th February …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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Observers should be used to prevent gender bias in universities European report recommends

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is among the League of European Research Universities recommending external observation of hiring processes. Independent observers should be included on academic hiring committees to avoid gender bias, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) recommends. …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 25 January]

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New era at NUI Galway: Let’s hope it bodes well for women’s promotions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new era has begun at NUI Galway. We hope it becomes the era of gender equality where the women who have filed discrimination suits against the university are – after what is now a nine-year wait – finally promoted. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, a Galway native, took over as president of the university this month, ending the 10-year reign of Dr Jim Browne. Dr Browne gave a stunning parting interview to Cois Coiribe, NUI Galway’s annual magazine for alumni, that at best could be described as hypocritical …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 January]

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The hard slog for university gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the late 1980s I addressed a session of the annual meeting of the Conference of University Personnel Administrators – as it was then called: it is now Universities Human Resources (UHR). At the time I was a Lecturer in Industrial Relations in Trinity College Dublin, and one of my specialisms was equality and discrimination in employment. I was asked to reflect on the state of gender equality in universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 January]

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Now I understand Proust better (but feel less positive about Athena Swan)

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“You know the story about Marcel Proust and the madeleine – how the memories came flooding back when he nibbled at one with a cup of tea. I always thought this was slightly ridiculous, but perhaps ageing means I now have more memories to recapture. Suddenly it all made much more sense …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 January]

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Women in stem and my 2018 list

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A previous post was obviously meant to be provocative – in a good way – but it seemed to provoke an angry response in some quarters. Anger is a big thing on social media as is taking offense (often on behalf of others) as is, most annoyingly, virtue signalling …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 January]

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Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“During academic seminars, any given question is 2.5 times more likely to be asked by a male than a female audience member. Alecia Carter reports on this research, which suggests that internalised gender stereotypes are at least partly responsible for the observed imbalance, both in men’s participation and women’s lack of it …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 17 January]


We need blind marking in the REF, too

Posted in Research on January 11th, 2018 by steve

“With the final decision on the rules for the 2021 research excellence framework having been announced towards the end of last year, anxiety levels are beginning to ramp up again. And women could be forgiven for feeling particularly nervous. A recent study led by Friederike Mengel of the University of Essex found that, on average, and all with other things being equal, university student evaluations gave female instructors a mark 37 points below those of men on a 100-point scale …” (more)

[Graham Farrell, Times Higher Education, 11 January]

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We post the NUI Galway Athena SWAN application

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

Ireland“The campaign has been sent NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN application. This is the application that was submitted by the closing date of November 30th but which has failed to appear, or even be acknowledged, on NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN web page. This is the application they haven’t sent to Micheline and others who have asked for a copy, deliberately hindering any objections. Their action is in contrast to Maynooth University’s open announcement and application publication on Dec 1st …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 21 December]

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NUI Galway have applied to Athena SWAN but are not making application available!

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

Ireland“A campaign member who wrote to the Athena SWAN board has been told that NUI Galway has applied for a gender equality award (closing date November 30th) but there is no requirement for NUI Galway to make its application available! They were also told they had only until the end of this week to submit an objection – to an application they have no access to! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 19 December]

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