‘Positive discrimination’ fears surround women-only academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns were raised that 45 new academic women-only posts could be seen as ‘positive discrimination’ in correspondence between government departments. The Department of Education had been seeking advice about the legality of creating professorship posts that would be open just to women …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Can Economics Fix Its Gender-Imbalance Problem? It’ll Take More Than Research, Women Say

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

“Erin K Fletcher, an economist with the global, nonprofit health-and-education organization Results for Development, feels so strongly about her field’s problem with sexism that she left academe. Fletcher was one of many women who spoke out last week at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, in Atlanta …” (more)

[Lily Jackson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 January]

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Female Economists Push Their Field Toward a #MeToo Reckoning

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2019 by steve

“The economics profession is facing a mounting crisis of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying that women in the field say has pushed many of them to the sidelines – or out of the field entirely. Those issues took center stage at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting …” (more)

[Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 10 January]

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One step closer to gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide …” (more)

[ETUCE, 18 December]

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Where Are All the Female Architects?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2018 by steve

“To get a sense of the state of opportunity for women in architecture, consider that the firm getting the most high-profile architectural commissions in the world right now has just one female principal and this web address: big.dk. Yes, BIG (for Bjarke Ingels Group) is based in Denmark (hence the ‘dk’), but the firm’s use of this cheeky address just about sums up the situation facing many women in the architectural profession today …” (more)

[Allison Arieff, New York Times, 15 December]

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Gender Action Plan

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

Ireland“Following the 2016 National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutes and the ‘exceptionally slow’ progress that has followed a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Expert Group report, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has introduced a Gender Action Plan that will create 45 female-only professorships …” (more)

[eolas, 10 December]

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Do women in physics get fewer citations than men?

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2018 by steve

“Yesterday, I gave a seminar about the results of a little side-project that I did with two collaborators, Tobias Mistele and Tom Price. We analyzed publication data in some sub-disciplines of physics and looked for differences in citations to papers with male and female authors. This was to follow-up on the previously noted discrepancy …” (more)

[Sabine Hossenfelder, BackReaction, 30 November]

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Physics Has an Obvious Gender Problem – So How Does Someone End Up Thinking the Field is Biased Against Men?

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2018 by steve

“Few pursue a career in physics expecting it to be a smooth ride; the subject is notoriously challenging, the playing field competitive. For women, though, the road can be downright treacherous. Feelings of not belonging or imposter syndrome, rampant among physics students at the best of times, are compounded by the frequent lack of female faculty members …” (more)

[Eleanor Hook, Physics Central, 28 November]

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Why women-only professorship appointments are needed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When the Irish Government published the highly-anticipated Gender Action Plan 2018-20 earlier this month, it was the proposal for a Government of Ireland Senior Academic Talent Initiative which received most attention, both positive and negative …” (more)

[Tony McMahon, Anne Scott and Colin Scott, University World News, 23 November]

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Austerity, gender balance and women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is true that the third-level sector has a gender problem at senior level. But it is also true that the sector has a wider promotions problem that affects both women and men. For historical reasons, but especially due to austerity, it is and has been much more difficult for an academic in an Irish university to be promoted than would be the case in a comparable institution in the rest of the English-speaking world …” (more)

[JM Mancini, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

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

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific thematic areas within the sciences and humanities that will be funded further to the announcement of women-only professorships; and the funding agency that will be tasked with the cost of this policy …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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Women-only professorships

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

Ireland“There has been a lot of commentary on the women-only professorships proposed by Mary Mitchell O’Connor. On balance, it seems that both men and women are in favour of the idea. There seems to be two arguments made in favour of the proposal …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 November]

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Women-only professorial posts

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

Ireland“Sir, – Congratulations to The Irish Times for commissioning Prof Yvonne Galligan to pen her article welcoming the radical proposals from Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor proposing to address the shortage of women at senior levels in Irish third-level colleges (‘Women-only professorial posts will work’, Opinion & Analysis, November 16th) …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Women-only Professorships in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week the Irish Government made an announcement that has ruffled a few feathers: it aims to create a number of new senior positions at Professor level in Irish Universities that are open only to female candidates. I don’t know the details of how this scheme will work, but I understand that the positions will be targeted at subject (and perhaps geographical) areas in which there is a demonstrable gender imbalance and the scheme will cost about €6M …” (more)

[In the Dark, 16 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The average male ‘chance’ of a professorship (looking at the ratio of men at full professoriate level to those below that) is 1:5. The average female ‘chance’ is 1:15. Men’s ‘chance’ of a professorship has varied little since 2013 and is similar across all universities. Women’s chance has improved marginally (from 1:16). However, it varies a great deal between universities (from 1:9 to 1:31) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Women-only professorial posts will work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced the Government’s intention to create up to 45 new posts to boost women’s representation in senior academic positions. These are additional professorial appointments to existing staffing provision. They are expected to cost €6 million …” (more)

[Yvonne Galligan, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I wonder how the young Mr Varadkar, while considering a career in medicine, would have reacted to a proposal by the Government of the day that some hospital consultancy posts in surgery were to be created for which men could not apply, while potential patients could not avoid being treated by the holders of such posts …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Women not hallucinating about glass ceilings in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In an era given to wild overstatement, the words were vanishingly mild. ‘There’s nothing wrong with women. We are more than capable’, said Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Meanwhile, a fair proportion of the population was turning puce over the recommendation for gender-specific posts in higher education …” (more)

[Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Are men just better at science than women?

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Talk about bad timing. The day after the Government announces that it is creating dozens of ‘woman-only’ professorships in science and engineering a report appears in a respected scientific journal apparently telling us that men are simply better at science …” (more)

[John McManus, Irish Times, 14 November]

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