Gender imbalance in science journals is still pervasive

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2017 by steve

International“In 2012, this journal admitted its gender bias. Following a complaint from two readers that too few News & Views articles were written by women, we totted up the numbers and realized that they were correct. Moreover, the imbalance was present in other sections of Nature, too …” (more)

[Nature, 25 January]

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Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This November marks the second anniversary of my successful gender equality case at the Equality Tribunal against NUI Galway for its failure to appoint me to the post of Senior Lecturer. It was hailed as a landmark case and should have been a call to arms, not just for NUI Galway, but for all third-level institutions. However, the awakening is slow and I doubt that much has changed on the ground – or in attitudes amongst university management …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Village Magazine, 10 January]

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Change the way we run universities to unlock women’s talent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2016 by steve

“Striving for gender equality is vitally important, particularly in higher education. As the sector continues to encounter massive changes, we need every bit of talent and the very best, skilled leaders to guide us through. There is a wealth of evidence from the private sector that increased diversity in senior positions leads to better-run and better-performing organisations …” (more)

[Vijaya Nath, Times Higher Education, 28 December]


New Gender Recognition Progress on College Records Seeks to Support Transgender Students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Transgender, non-binary and intersex students will now be able to change their name and gender on College records without the need for official documentation, following the launch of a new service by Trinity’s Academic Registry …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 27 December]

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University rankings and gender

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While I agree with Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington’s criticism of university rankings based solely on research output (December 20th), I cannot understand why a ranking system based on the number of senior female academics would be in any way superior …” (more)

[Ruairí Ó Crualaoich, Irish Times, 21 December]

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Gender warning to third levels

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Moves to withhold research funds from universities that fail to deal with gender inequality have been welcomed by an academic union.The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board will only allow those from 20 publicly-funded third-level colleges apply for competitive funding if they have met minimum requirements to deal with the issues from the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Colleges to lose funds over gender inequality

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only colleges tackling academic gender inequality will be eligible for a slice of an annual €230m public research fund. The measures aimed at getting more than 20 publicly funded institutions to take gender equality in research careers more seriously will take effect from the end of 2019. Only those with the minimum bronze accreditation under the Athena Swan gender equality scheme …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Gender gap emerges in maths and science in Irish secondary schools

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The gender gap is widening when it comes to science and maths in secondary schools, with boys performing significantly better than girls in the subjects …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Do You Want to be Described as Hard Working?

Posted in Life on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“I visited Oxford this week to talk to the Women in Physics group, mainly made up of students and postdocs (not all of whom were women). Tea and excellent scones were provided to stimulate good discussion. I was duly grilled as the voice of experience and asked to provide advice about career progression and setbacks …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 1 December]

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NUI Galway fails President’s promise to be leader in tackling gender equality

Posted in Legal issues on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the adoption of his Task Force report last May, President Jim Browne claimed NUI Galway would become a ‘leader in this space’ when it came to tackling gender inequality. At the time, this campaign celebrated achieving the first of Micheline’s three conditions, as the Task Force had recommended promotion quotas for women using a cascade system …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 December]

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NUIG refutes claims of continued gender discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has refuted claims that it’s ‘punishing’ women who highlighted issues surrounding gender discrimination at the university. In a statement, college authorities said accusations made by the Irish Federation of University Teachers are ‘ill-informed’ and ‘untrue’ …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 14 November]

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Women in science and academia

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read with interest the article by Aine McMahon on women in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem), in which she quoted the views of Regina Moran, representing the corporate world, and Christine Loscher, representing academia (‘Successful career in Stem field now more achievable for women’, November 10th) …” (more)

[Jane Grimson, Irish Times, 15 November]

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NUI Galway punishing women who highlighted gender discrimination, says IFUT

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University teachers (IFUT) has criticised NUI Galway for failing to address outstanding legal and Labour Court cases on blatant gender discrimination, a full two years after the Equality Tribunal ruled against the college in the Sheehy-Skeffington case …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 November]

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College Will do More than the Bare Minimum in Addressing Gender Equality Shortcomings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Gender inequality has long been a problem in Irish academia. A recent report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) noted that widespread inequalities pervade universities across the country, with women in only 19% of academic professorial roles despite filling 52% of entry-level positions …” (more)

[University Times, 6 November]

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UCC denies ‘not female friendly’ claim in the promotion of staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has denied claims by a Cork TD that it has failed to address a ‘not female friendly and not inclusive’ culture. Cork East TD for Fianna Fáil, Kevin O’Keeffe, made the allegations in Dáil Éireann: he said there was dissatisfaction among staff at the college regarding gender issues and the promotion of staff …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 4 November]

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As Irish Universities Move to Address Gender Inequality, Trinity to Develop New Plan for Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to introduce ‘wide-reaching’ and ‘ambitious’ reforms as part of a new plan to improve gender equality among the university’s staff, as the Irish higher education system begins to tackle the persistent gender inequalities across colleges and universities …” (more)

[Maeve Claffey, University Times, 1 November]

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Failure to recruit more female engineers ‘harming economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A lack of women entering the field of engineering is harming the economy, according to the President of the Royal College of Engineering. Professor Ann Dowling said a lack of gender diversity is damaging to the pharma, food, IT and biomedical engineering sectors, which are all vital components of Ireland’s export-driven economy …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 26 October]

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Success rates data may mask gender bias

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“A raft of gender initiatives put in place at a UK learned society has boosted the success rates for women applying to a prestigious fellowship scheme after a historic low. It is two years since the Royal Society announced that only two women had been successful at securing its University Research Fellowships. The fact that 41 men received grants under the same call left the science community aghast …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 20 October]

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Women need to be seen and heard at conferences

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2016 by steve

International“Relatively few women make it to top academic positions in science — and there begins the vicious circle of invisibility. Women aren’t available as mentors for aspiring young scientists. They aren’t there when journalists call for someone to provide a quick scientific opinion …” (more)

[Nature, 19 October]

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Gender bias found in Earth-science society journals

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2016 by steve

USA“In one of the most detailed breakdowns yet of gender bias in scholarly publishing, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington DC has found that its female members submit fewer papers, and are asked to be peer reviewers less frequently, than men. The effect holds across all age ranges, from scientists in their twenties to those in their seventies …” (more)

[Alexandra Witze, Nature, 29 September]

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