Third-level sector funding to be tied to gender equality improvements

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Future funding for higher education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said. A report setting out how universities and Institutes of Technology will be judged on their efforts to tackle the gender gap in the sector is due in the middle of September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Publication of Gender and Diversity Statement

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As part of her opening address to the European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education today, Monday 20 August, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD announced the launch of the first Gender and Diversity Statement for higher education institutions …” (more)

[Technological Higher Education Association, 20 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Major European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education today (20th August 2018) officially opened the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 August]

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Girls outperform boys in majority of Leaving Cert subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in the vast majority of higher level subjects, a gender analysis of this year’s Leaving Cert results shows. In all, girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – H1s, H2s and H3s, or 70-100% – in 34 out of 40 subjects at higher level. Maths was one of just seven subjects at higher level where boys fared better than girls …” (more)

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

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UL has the highest proportion of women at senior levels

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

Ireland“University of Limerick has the highest proportion of women at senior levels of academia, new figures show. 31% of professors at UL are female, the highest percentage in the country and 10% than the average of 21% across the Irish University sector …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 12 August]

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Closing the gender gap

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

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your article, ‘Glaring gender gaps found in academic posts’ (Home News, August 3rd). More than 50 years ago UCD boasted five outstanding women scientists who were professors and associate professors – Carmel Humphries (zoology), Eva Philbin (chemistry), Phyllis Clinch (botany), Dervla Donnelly (phytochemistry) and Sheila Tinney (mathematical physics). These women were widely known and highly respected in the academic world both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 10 August]

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NUI Galway has lowest proportion of female professors in country

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New research from the Higher Education Authority shows only 12% of professors at NUI Galway are female. Less than a quarter of the top positions in Irish universities across the country are held by women making up only 24% of professors …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 August]

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Why are so many academic conferences hostile to women?

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

“I had looked forward to our association conference for months. I would be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting a new city, and hearing about exciting work in my field. In many respects, the event exceeded my expectations …” (more)

[Amber Pouliot, Guardian, 3 August]

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Minister slates slow progress on higher education gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A lack of leadership is limiting the number of women in senior positions at third-level colleges, Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned. Universities and other colleges have taken positive steps towards gender equality, but women continue to be under-represented in key roles, according to a new report by Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

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Gender equality in third level remains a distant hope

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest figures on gender progression among academics from the Higher Education Authority show some improvement in what has been an intractable problem, but illustrate the extent of the hill still to be climbed. The HEA figures show that among ‘core funded’ academic staff the proportion of female professors has increased from 23% to 24% since 2015 while the number of female associate professors has increased from 32% to 34% …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Large gender gaps in senior levels of Irish academia

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figures show. They are also far more likely to earn less, with men accounting for the vast majority of best-paid posts in higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Dr Tara Shine: ‘The scientific world is simply not designed for women’

Posted in Research on July 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘The scientific world is simply not designed for women’, declares Dr Tara Shine. The environment and development consultant is travelling to Antarctica in January 2019 as part of a global leadership programme for women scientists called Homeward Bound, which has the evocative tag line ‘Mother Nature needs her daughters’ …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Is The End In Sight?

Posted in Legal issues on June 26th, 2018 by steve

“The above report appeared in the Connacht Tribune last Thursday, but is it right? Are we really near the end of the campaign, and can we soon celebrate the four women finally being given what they deserve by NUI Galway? Or is this simply university management feeding the press a line? The campaign knows management told another reporter, more than a month ago, that the cases were settled …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 June]

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Gender Balance – SFI

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

Fiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress in achieving more gender balance in funded research under Science Foundation Ireland’s Agenda 2020 strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Where are the Modest Men?

Posted in Life on June 17th, 2018 by steve

“A hashtag debuting this week has caused quite a stir on Twitter: #immodestwomen. In the wake of a US newspaper deciding not to accord anyone the title of Dr in its articles, unless they were medical doctors …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 17 June]

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Poorer students twice as likely to drop out of college in year one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged schools are almost twice as likely to fail to make it past their first year in college than those from fee-paying schools, a new study finds. In all, some 5,800 students – or 14% of all new entrants to third level – did not move on to their second year of their course …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Should we be worried that women outnumber men on campus?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“There are now more women than men in higher education worldwide. While it would appear to be a victory for gender equality, this imbalance also highlights boys’ educational underachievement …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 10 May]

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Must do better: academia and women writers

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Balancing genders within any body of work for the sake of surface-level symmetry is anti-art and regressive, but that is not what The Long Gaze Back is doing. This work actively draws together quality writing and writers, deserving of popular and critical appreciation, in order to highlight that the exclusion of women writers within other anthologies is not down to any lack of women writers, but active and at times subliminal processes of silencing women, processes which in turn calcify hegemonic structures of value …” (more)

[Stephen Reid, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Why most Irish doctors in future will be white, female and middle-class

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

“The modern day Irish medical student is likely to be young, female, Dublin-based and from an affluent background. That is according to a Higher Education Authority study on the profile of medical students. The report provides a stark snapshot of who our future healthcare professionals will be and how lacking in diversity the student body is compared to many other sectors of society …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 April]

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Yes, Being a Woman in Science Is Hard. That’s Why We’re Trying to Change It.

Posted in Life on April 7th, 2018 by steve

“Whenever I find myself on a science panel, I brace myself for the inevitable question: ‘Can you talk about your experience with discrimination or abuse as a woman in science?’ It doesn’t matter if I’m on a panel to talk about my expertise as a molecular biologist or one focused specifically on women and minorities in STEM. In both cases, I’m almost always asked to relive my worst experiences as a scientist in front of an audience …” (more)

[Maryam Zaringhalam, Slate, 6 April]

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