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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Patchy progress on fixing global gender disparities in science

Posted in Research on March 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Although women are publishing more studies, being cited more often, and securing more coveted first-author positions than they were in the mid 1990s, overall progress towards gender parity in science varies widely by country and field. This is according to a massive report released on 8 March that is the first to examine such a broad swath of disciplines and regions of the world over time …” (more)

[Erin Ross, Nature News, 8 March]

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Women ‘put off’ engineering careers

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

Ireland“Old-fashioned attitudes and schools that fail to offer crucial subjects are putting women off careers as engineers. The first female director general of Engineers Ireland said the statistics were ‘stark’ as just one in every 10 engineers was a woman …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 7 March]

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Why it’s time for a woman to become president of an Irish university

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

Ireland“The review carried out last year by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) confirmed what many commentators had observed for years: women are ‘vastly under-represented in top positions within the higher education sector’. While 52% of entry-level academic positions are filled by women, they represent only 19% of professorships …” (more)

[Linda Connolly, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Girls outperform boys when computer science is on curriculum

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International evidence confirms girls get better grades than boys when computer science is on the school curriculum. Ireland needs to learn from other developed countries when it comes to introducing computer science as a subject and encouraging girls to participate in courses …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 21 February]

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Gender equality: universities are still all talk and too many trousers

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

“Anyone who sincerely believes that academia is a meritocracy must be either deluded or in denial. This is the blunt conclusion of our recent research into how female academics feel about the system. Even now, in the age of high-profile equality initiatives such as the UK’s Athena SWAN programme, unconscious bias remains rife …” (more)

[Laurie Cohen and Jo Duberley, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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To get more women in STEM little girls need better role models

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2017 by steve

“I recently went to my great-niece Sophie’s fourth birthday party, where her friends – both boys and girls – ran around without a hint of prejudice or discrimination. They were equals. It occurred to me how this idyll of equality disappears as boys and girls grow into adulthood …” (more)

[Hilary Lappin-Scott, The Conversation, 3 February]

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The Catholic Church and Opus Dei – the reason why NUI Galway came to have so few women in senior posts?

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

Ireland“Since we started this campaign we’ve often pondered how NUI Galway became so exceptionally bad for the representation of women in higher posts. They are so bad it was possible to show, using the previous SHE figures, that only the University of Malta could have a worse Glass Ceiling Index in all of Europe! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 February]

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Where are all the women economists?

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

“I dare you to do something. Fetch a piece of paper and write something on it: the names of five famous female economists. Go on, off you go. And no cheating – no googling on your iPhone. It’s hard, isn’t it? …” (more)

[Frances Weetman, New Statesman, 3 February]

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New equality initiative at UCC aims for gender ratio of 60:40

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

Ireland“A new European Union-funded gender equality initiative at University College Cork (UCC) aims to achieve a gender ratio of 60:40, men to women, on all major decision-making bodies at the university. UCC is one of seven universities across Europe participating in the four-year GENOVATE initiative, which is aimed at achieving equal representation of women in research and innovation across all disciplines …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Are parents to blame for the lack of women in Stem?

Posted in Life on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Blame the parents. They may want the best for their children, but many end up directing them away from certain areas of study based on outdated notions of ‘acceptable’ careers. A major Government-commissioned report into the shortage of female graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) found that parents are heavily influencing their daughters’ career choices in particular …” (more)

[Nora-Ide McAuliffe, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Women in STEM ‘more likely to burn out’

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Women working in university science departments report higher levels of job-related burnout than men, suggests new research. The study points to reasons why women working in science might leave academia and offers ways for universities to better support them …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 25 January]

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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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Gender-isory

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]

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