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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Female-only university posts set to be challenged in courts

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

Ireland“The Government is braced for legal challenges to its plan to fund women-only posts in universities. But a solicitor who specialises in employment law has said the plan would likely stand up to any challenge under equality legislation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Luke Byrne, Independent, 12 November]

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Gender bias: ‘There’s nothing wrong with women … We are more than capable’

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

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington has first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to be passed over for promotion on the basis of your gender. She was one of 46 people from across the campus of NUI Galway who applied for promotion to senior lectureship in 2008 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Glass ceiling in Irish higher education needs to be smashed

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

Ireland“In February 6th, 1918, Irish women were given the right to vote. Not every woman, just women over 30 who had property rights or a university education. In the intervening 100 years, many things have changed – technology, living standards, pace of life, connectivity, life span, health, access to education; women are embracing all types of careers across all sectors …” (more)

[Regina Moran, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Are plans to close gender gap in university posts fair?

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

Ireland“The figures are stark: while women account for half of all lecturers in university, they make up just under one-quarter of professors. They are also far more likely to earn less, with men accounting for the vast majority of best-paid posts in higher education. Some 70% of those earning in excess of €106,000 are men at university level, while it rises to 83% in institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Funds for women-only professorships aim end gender inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to fund dozens of women-only professorships over the next three years to help ‘eradicate gender inequality’ in higher education institutions. It follows the recommendations of a taskforce which says dramatic steps are needed to ensure more women occupy key leadership positions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Poll: Are female-only professorial posts a good idea?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minster for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor will tomorrow announce she is creating female-only professorial posts …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 November]

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Fears over ‘jobs for the girls’ backlash as High Education Minister to create professor posts ‘only for women’ to end bias

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education is to create women-only professorships in a radical move to address persistent gender inequality at senior levels in universities and third level colleges. Mary Mitchell O’Connor has revealed that she is making some professorial posts in third level institutions open to female applicants only under new plans to counter the ‘paltry proportion’ of women in senior third level positions …” (more)

[Maeve Sheehan, Independent, 11 November]

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UCD’s gender imbalance problem

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Despite the fact that more women complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than men, and 51% of lecturers in higher education are women, the gender imbalance in higher education leadership is particularly prevalent. According to reports by the Higher Education Authority, women are grossly underrepresented in senior academic positions at third level institutions …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, University Observer, 1 November]

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Limited Progress on Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been little progress made in the plan to establish gender-neutral bathrooms in UCD. Last February, UCD announced plans to re-designate 170 toilets as gender-neutral bathrooms. In the seven months since then, only one toilet has been re-designated …” (more)

[College Tribune, 19 October]

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Gender inequality in Irish universities

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

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, is absolutely right in her reported comments on gender inequality in Irish universities (‘Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister of State’, News, October 11th). This is a chronic problem entirely of the universities’ own making …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Friday essay: where are the female academics on film?

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“The 2016 science-fiction drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams as linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks, was a ceiling-shattering moment for female academics. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, presented Adams’ character in a race against time to avert a war by finding a way to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors …” (more)

[Tom van Laer, The Conversation, 11 October]

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Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister

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

Ireland“The fact that there has never been a female university president in 426 years is a sign of how far the sector needs to go achieve gender equality, a Government Minister has said. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, said latest figures showed that while women made up half of the staff at third level, only a quarter of university professors were female …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Why should the taxpayer fund misogyny in our universities?

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

Ireland“Women in Irish universities make up 51% of those at lecturer level (the entry level for academic posts) but only 24% of those at full professorial level (the highest academic level). There has been an average of 1% increase per annum in women at full professorial level since 2013 …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 10 October]

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