Male scientists share more – but only with other men

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2017 by steve

International“Male scientists are more likely to share their published work than are women — but only with other men, a study of hundreds of researchers has found. Humans are generally considered to be a highly cooperative species, says Jorg Massen, a cognitive biologist at the University of Vienna …” (more)

[Jo Marchant, Nature, 12 October]

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Men get most of the research funding – it’s a serious problem for women and science

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“In UK universities there are far fewer women in senior posts than men – particularly at professor level. Putting aside teaching, to reach this status, an academic typically needs to have completed a considerable amount of research. Research takes time, and if people want to succeed in academia, they have to apply for funding. This is where one key difference lies …” (more)

[Michael Head, The Conversation, 10 October]

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University of Limerick approves installation of new gender-neutral bathrooms

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

Ireland“Equality campaigners have welcomed confirmation that the University of Limerick is to add a dozen gender-neutral bathrooms to its campus in the near future. This means that UL will soon have a total of 14 gender-neutral toilet facilities …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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How do we sell careers in STEM to young girls?

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

Ireland“Girls can do anything boys can do, right? Not according to the 29% of parents and teachers who still perceive STEM subjects as fitting more closely with boys’ brains, personalities and hobbies …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Micheline’s US tour gets off to successful start

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline has successfully completed the first phase of her US tour, speaking and filming in New York, Boston and Connecticut as she retraces her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’s epic tour in 1917. At various venues, she connected her talks about Hanna’s striving for justice to her own fight for gender equality at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 October]

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College settles gender case with female lecturer

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has reached a settlement with one of five female academics who have been pursuing gender discrimination cases over a promotions process in 2009. The development comes as mediation failed to resolve the college’s long-running dispute with four other women whose cases have been going through the courts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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NUI Galway’s derisory offer revealed as they fail Athena SWAN application again

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the last meeting of the Governing Body, two weeks ago, to our great surprise NUI Galway revealed the details of their final offer made to the four women last month. These details were supposedly strictly secret, so we have never known what it was that the women turned down, but then NUI Galway circulated the offer to every member of the Governing Body! That means that over 40 people got to see it …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 September]

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Girls continue to outperform boys in Junior Cert

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls continue to outperform boys at Junior Cert level, with more female than male students scoring A grades in 18 out of 21 higher-level subjects this year, according to the 2017 results. Girls also scored higher than boys in most subjects at ordinary level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 15 September]

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NUIG’s Failure to Elect a Female President Turns Attention to Next Opportunity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite national speculation and a committee dedicated to the job, NUI Galway has failed to elect a female president. It now looks likely that Trinity could belatedly achieve the honour of having the first female university head if and when Provost Patrick Prendergast decides to bow out in 2022 (there are some indications to suggest Prendergast may seek a second term) …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Retracing the steps of feminist and republican hero Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… While much of her focus is to be on the work of her grandparents, and Irish and women’s history, the plant ecologist will also be highlighting continuing gender inequality in Irish academia. She has offered her €70,000 award in a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway to support five other women who, like her, were not promoted in 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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One third of parents and teachers think tech is ‘for boys’, study finds

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The gender stereotypes of parents and teachers play a large role in putting young girls off careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) careers, a study has found. The study found 53% of girls in secondary school drop Stem subjects due to pressure from parents …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 6 September]

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NUI Galway appoints Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh as 13th president

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh has been appointed as the 13th president of NUI Galway and will take over the helm next January following the ending of Dr Jim Browne’s 10-year term of office. However, the incoming president has faced immediate calls to meet with Siptu, which has said that it wants talks on how ‘he intends to resolve the systemic discrimination against women staff across all grades’ in the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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Micheline sets sail to America

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Micheline is determined that every lecture and interview in the US will reference her ongoing fight against NUI Galway for the promotion of the five women, who, like her, were shortlisted but not promoted in 2009. The women still have not been promoted as they were out of time to take an Equality Tribunal case as she did …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 September]

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Equal opportunities for female academics requires social and structural change

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“My attention was caught recently by two apparently unrelated news stories, one a March 2017 Eurostat report on EU demographics and the other a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report on unequal rates of promotion between men and women in our third-level educational institutions …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Row over change of NUI Galway disabled toilets to transgender ones

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

Ireland“A disabled campaigner has described NUI Galway’s decision to change disabled toilets to an all-gender (transgender) toilets as ‘deeply offensive’ …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Earlier this summer Google engineer James Damore posted a treatise about gender differences on an internal company message board and was subsequently fired. The memo ignited a firestorm of debate about sex discrimination in Silicon Valley …” (more)

[Alison Coil, Wired, 25 August]

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Third-level leaders and the gender lens

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In your CAO supplement (August 21st) you talk to six university presidents – six male university presidents. In hope, I checked the three remaining universities not featured (NUIG, UCC and UCD), only to find three more male presidents …” (more)

[Helen Ryan, Irish Times, 23 August]

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More girls take up higher-level STEM subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls studying science subjects took greater advantage than boys of changes to the college entry system that rewards average students for sitting higher level exams. Latest State Examinations Commission figures reveal proportionately more girls moved up to higher level in the three main science subjects …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert 2017: Girls outperform boys in most subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in the vast majority of subjects, a gender analysis of this year’s Leaving Cert results shows. In all, girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – grades one, two or three – in 32 out of 38 subjects at higher level. A similar pattern is evident at ordinary level …” (more)

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

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