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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Higher Education Gender Report moves in right direction, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed recommendations in the ‘Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020’ published today (Monday November 12th, 2018) and launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 November]

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Statement From Technological Higher Education Association

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) strongly supports Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s stated ambitions to ‘eradicate gender inequality in higher education institutions’ and welcomes the targets outlined in the Report of the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan 2018-2020 …” (more)

[THEA, 12 November]

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The Government’s Shouting about Gender Equality Feels One-Note

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The launch of the government’s plan to tackle gender equality in higher education today has caused a media stir. In particular, the decision by higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to create 45 women-only professorships – like most proposals that involve affirmative action – was met with controversy …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 12 November]

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‘Pioneering move’ – First women-only professorships in place by September

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The first 15 of 45 women-only professorships to be created in Irish higher education are expected to be in place by September, as part of the radical initiative to tackle gender discrimination in academia. The Government has set aside €800,000 in funding for 2019 to support the appointments …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 November]

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Ivana Bacik: ‘Gender quotas are necessary to help tackle hidden bias’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I was delighted at the announcement that the Government will establish women-only professorships in third-level institutions to tackle structural gender inequality. This initiative is very necessary. Despite equal numbers of women and men entering academic careers, women make up less than a quarter of professors …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

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Glass ceiling and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposal of the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor to develop women-only professor posts in Irish universities is ill conceived, condescending and patronising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 November]

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‘Women-only’ posts not the answer to gender imbalance – TCD academic

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

Ireland“A senior Trinity College Dublin academic has said she is not sure if the creation of ‘women-only’ professorships in third level institutions is the way to improve gender balance in the education system. Prof Linda Doyle, dean of research at the university, said that from a feminist perspective there was a need to do something for women to ensure a greater number of them fill senior academic posts …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 12 November]

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USI ‘Regrets’ No Student Representatives on Gender Equality Taskforce

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has hit out at the lack of student representation on the government’s taskforce for accelerating gender equality in Irish colleges. In a press statement, USI President Síona Cahill also said …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 November]

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SIPTU gives cautious welcome to Gender Action Plan for Higher Education

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

Ireland“SIPTU divisional organiser, Adrian Kane, has given a cautious welcome to the recommendations contained in the Gender Action Plan 2018-2020. Under the plan, up to 30 women-only professorships will be created in third level institutions over the next three years, among other proposals. According to Kane, there have only been marginal improvements in female representation at senior level in Academia since the adoption of the Review of Gender Inequality in Higher Education Institutions published in 2016 …” (more)

[SIPTU, 12 November]

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Plan for 45 women-only senior jobs in third level institutions

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

Ireland“Forty-five women-only senior academic roles in third level institutions will be on offer over the next three years to accelerate gender equality under a government plan. Higher education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has insisted that she’s not concerned at potential legal challenges to offering jobs to one gender only. She said there has been ‘rigorous legal assessment’ of the Gender Action Plan 2018-2020 to ensure it complies with national and European Union laws …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 12 November]

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD and Minister Mitchell O’Connor launch Gender Equality Action Plan for Higher Education Institutions 2018-2020 and announce the Government of Ireland Senior Academic Talent Initiative

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

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (12th Nov 2018) will launch the Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020: Accelerating Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Action Plan is designed to transform the Higher Education sector’s gender equality performance …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 November]

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IUA welcomes publication of Gender Taskforce Equality Action Plan 2018

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today welcomed the Report of the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan 2018-2020. The IUA is fully committed to working with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills to implement the recommendations arising from the Report in order to bring about meaningful and sustainable change in gender equality in universities …” (more)

[IUA, 12 November]

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