Tommy Tiernan on Gender Discrimination at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We’ve had several requests from staff to see the rest of Tommy Tiernan’s riff about NUI Galway at our benefit concert. So here it is in full, for all the ‘nerds’ …” (more, video)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 29 April]

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Tackling the gender imbalance in business schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When you think of a person with a master’s in business administration (MBA), what image springs to mind? Sharp suit? High powered job? A man? If the person you’re picturing possesses a Y chromosome, you’re not just another victim of societal conditioning, you’re most likely correct. The most recent Financial Times Executive MBA (EMBA) rankings found that, on average, female participation in top EMBA programmes is just 28% …” (more)

[Gráinne Faller, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Figuring out the challenges of being a scientist and a mum

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to give a talk at an event about the challenges of being a woman working in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). However, not only am I a woman working in Stem, I’m also a parent working in Stem, and this event started at 6pm, clashing with a meeting at my child’s school …” (more)

[Jane Stout, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Navigating Gender Neutral Terms and Symbology in College

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The language that surrounds gender is constantly evolving, as is our understanding of the concept itself. In Ireland, many students are separated into gender-specific schools once they reach second level. It is not surprising that many are then left feeling confused or isolated by the current debate …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 17 April]

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Why was the 2008/9 Promotion Round to Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway so much worse for the promotion of women than any other, before or since?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Jim Browne made a point during his questioning by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee ten days ago, that the 2008/9 round of promotion, which was so bad for women, was worse than those which had preceded it. This is true, as you can see from the table …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 April]

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Trinity Needs to Ensure that Gender Equality is Given the Focus it Requires

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In spite of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s key recommendation to introduce a Vice President for Gender Equality, Trinity has indicated that it will not create a specific, dedicated role. Speaking to The University Times, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, explained that he thinks ‘it would be odd to have a vice-president just for gender, when there are a lot of other areas we don’t have vice-presidents for’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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Study finds female professors outperform men in service – to their possible professional detriment

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2017 by steve

“Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also ‘taking care of the academic family’ via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 12 April]

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Despite HEA Recommendations, Trinity Unlikely to Appoint Gender Equality Vice-President

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

Ireland“Trinity is unlikely to introduce a Vice-President for Gender Equality, one of the key recommendations of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) report on gender inequality in higher education …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 11 April]

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The truth behind the window dressing at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Reality speaks louder than public relations drivel, no matter how you spin it. To wit, NUI Galway says it’s doing all it can to address gender inequality at the university. After all, the university has repeatedly pointed out, it set up a Task Force for Gender Equality, has adopted a mandatory female quota of at least 40% for the next promotion round to Senior Lecturer, and hired a Vice President of Diversity and Equality …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 6 April]

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To Receive Funding, Irish Third-Level Institutions Require Efforts for Gender Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new gender equality benchmarks required for universities to receive research funding will be a significant boost to Irish institutions battling with records of gender inequality, staff from universities across the country have told The University Times …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 5 April]

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More compulsory math lessons do not encourage women to pursue STEM careers

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

“The demand for employees in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) is particularly high, as corporations compete to attract skilled professionals in the international market. What is known as ‘curriculum intensification’ is often used around the world to attract more university entrants – and particularly more women – to these subjects; that is to say, students have on average more mandatory math courses at a higher level …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 28 March]

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NUI Galway management = Hypocrisy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hypocrisy seems to be de riguer at NUI Galway. On Wednesday, NUI Galway President Jim Browne revealed at his biannual speech the university’s hypocritical stance regarding the treatment of female staff, particularly the women who have sued the university in the High Court for gender discrimination, and then on Friday, Micheline further exposed the university’s hypocritical attitude towards the women in a Letter to the Editor in the Galway City Tribune …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 March]

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Is the importance of female role models in science overstated?

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures and was incredibly moved by the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who worked at Nasa during the space race of the 1960s. These women, originally employed as human computers in the coloured section at Nasa, became trail-blazers in their fields of mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science, breaking not only gender but also racial stereotypes of the time …” (more)

[Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Gender bias distorts peer review across field

Posted in Research on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

International“In many scientific fields, women publish fewer papers than men, are less likely to be listed as first authors and are less likely to receive glowing letters of recommendation from their advisers. These disparities have decreased over time, but they persist. Now, a study finds that some journal editors might be inadvertently taking gender into account when selecting reviewers for papers …” (more)

[Erin Ross, Nature News, 21 March]

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Our Attitudes Towards Gender Inequality in Education are Excluding the Issues of Men and Boys

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Much has been said in recent times about the need for gender equality education in Ireland. For third-level institutions, the discussion tends to focus on the dearth of women and girls in technical fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and their underrepresentation in the upper echelons of universities …” (more)

[James Behan, University Times, 20 March]

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Trinity is not doing enough to commemorate its female students and academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To the left of the Campanile in Front Square sits a statue of a man whose reputation is founded almost entirely upon one sexist comment that he may or may not have actually made …” (more)

[Eleanor Jones-McAuley, Trinity News, 16 March]

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UCD and DCU recognised for gender equality actions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two Irish universities have received an award recognising steps they have taken towards gender equality. UCD and DCU have both received Athena SWAN bronze awards …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 March]

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Leinster House hears gender equality issues at NUIG ‘far from sorted

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway Senator has told Leinster House that issues surrounding gender equality at NUI Galway are far from sorted and may in fact be deteriorating …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 March]

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Video is ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ for NUIG 5 benefit concert

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… In the 2.34-minute video, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington eloquently states the history of the injustices committed against the five women, who have taken NUI Galway to court over the university’s refusal to promote them to senior lecturer in 2009. In addition, two NUI Galway students passionately voice their support for the women lecturers and their right to be promoted …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 8 March]

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No More ‘Male by Default’ Please

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

“Another year, another International Women’s Day. This year the strapline is ‘be bold for change’. A good motto but many will feel that boldness is dangerous in the face of opposition or incomprehension. Incomprehension is perhaps commoner than one thinks: people stuck in a time warp who genuinely don’t realise how much default behaviour and stereotyping means the playing field remains tilted at a significant angle …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 8 March]

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