IT Carlow Pursues Gender Equality Award

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

Ireland“IT Carlow will make a formal application in November for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, the gender equality benchmark. The college will be among the first in the technological sector to make an application, which it has been working towards, since IT Carlow is one of just two institutes of technology with a female president …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 19 September]

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Why we need more women at the top of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex than many in leadership positions (mainly men) originally envisaged. An economic imperative, whereby funding for universities is now linked to diversity targets, has contributed to the sudden enlightenment regarding the importance of gender equality within the higher educational landscape …” (more)

[Judith Harford, Irish Times, 17 September]

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The Monday Interview: Women to the fore in UCC’s Office of Technology Transfer

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

Ireland“There is something very special happening at the Office of Technology Transfer in UCC – it’s not just the world-class tech innovation and research, but also the volume of women involved in carrying it out. The global dearth of women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been long documented …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 17 September]

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When it Comes to Harassment, Silence is Often Complicity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The topic of harassment, and more particularly sexual harassment, has certainly risen up the agenda in the past year or so in many different sectors. In universities, too, the topic has gone from being unmentionable (if privately acknowledged) to something that urgently needs to be tackled …” (more)

[Athene Donald, University Times, 9 September]

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All but one of 14 institutes of technology have yet to apply for gender equality benchmark

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

Ireland“All but one of the 14 institutes of technology have yet to submit an application for the gender equality benchmark needed by the end of next year to be eligible for public research funding. Although institutes of technology (ITs) involved in planned mergers to become technological universities (TUs) have a longer timeframe in which to secure the Athena Swan bronze award, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has submitted its application this summer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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IT Tralee will implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances if needed

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

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’ll implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances, if needed. A policy announced by the Technological Higher Education Association commits all institutes of Technology to address imbalances in sectors traditionally dominated by one gender …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 4 September]

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More than aspiration needed to tackle gender discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education was held in Trinity College Dublin, on the 20th-22nd August 2018. This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference was held in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 August]

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University Challenge to introduce ‘gender neutral’ questions to encourage more female contestants

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

“The producers of University Challenge are looking to introduce ‘gender neutral’ questions to the series. Executive producer Peter Gwyn has said that the questions told on the British quiz show – which has previously come under fire for featuring questions that reflect the achievements of men more than women – will strive for gender balance …” (more)

[Jack Shepherd, Independent, 28 August]

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Queen’s University Belfast receives £500k to improve gender equality within STEM

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

“Queen’s University Belfast has received over £500,000 funding for research that aims to improve gender equality within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Despite numerous gender equality initiatives, fewer than 10% of the UK’s engineers are women – the lowest percentage in Europe – and the proportion of women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012 …” (more)

[QUB, 22 August]

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European charter to promote gender equality launched in Trinity today

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new European charter to promote gender equality has been launched today. The announcement was made during a Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, which is being held in Trinity this week. The Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter forms part of the 2020 initiative named the SAGE project. The project seeks to build a stronger commitment to gender equality in third level and research institutions …” (more)

[Dalia Fleitlikh, Trinity News, 22 August]

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Tech institutes commit to  putting more women in senior posts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 14 institutes of technology have committed to increasing the number of women in senior positions. Some 48% of academic staff in the institutes are female, but only 17% are in the highest paid positions with salaries of at least €106,000, according to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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Third-level sector funding to be tied to gender equality improvements

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

Ireland“Future funding for higher education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said. A report setting out how universities and Institutes of Technology will be judged on their efforts to tackle the gender gap in the sector is due in the middle of September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Publication of Gender and Diversity Statement

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

Ireland“As part of her opening address to the European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education today, Monday 20 August, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD announced the launch of the first Gender and Diversity Statement for higher education institutions …” (more)

[Technological Higher Education Association, 20 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Major European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin

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

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education today (20th August 2018) officially opened the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 August]

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Girls outperform boys in majority of Leaving Cert subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in the vast majority of higher level subjects, a gender analysis of this year’s Leaving Cert results shows. In all, girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – H1s, H2s and H3s, or 70-100% – in 34 out of 40 subjects at higher level. Maths was one of just seven subjects at higher level where boys fared better than girls …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 August]

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UL has the highest proportion of women at senior levels

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has the highest proportion of women at senior levels of academia, new figures show. 31% of professors at UL are female, the highest percentage in the country and 10% than the average of 21% across the Irish University sector …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 12 August]

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Closing the gender gap

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

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your article, ‘Glaring gender gaps found in academic posts’ (Home News, August 3rd). More than 50 years ago UCD boasted five outstanding women scientists who were professors and associate professors – Carmel Humphries (zoology), Eva Philbin (chemistry), Phyllis Clinch (botany), Dervla Donnelly (phytochemistry) and Sheila Tinney (mathematical physics). These women were widely known and highly respected in the academic world both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 10 August]

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NUI Galway has lowest proportion of female professors in country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New research from the Higher Education Authority shows only 12% of professors at NUI Galway are female. Less than a quarter of the top positions in Irish universities across the country are held by women making up only 24% of professors …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 August]

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Why are so many academic conferences hostile to women?

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

“I had looked forward to our association conference for months. I would be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting a new city, and hearing about exciting work in my field. In many respects, the event exceeded my expectations …” (more)

[Amber Pouliot, Guardian, 3 August]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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