A Female University President is No Panacea for Deeper Gender Equality Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway, which for years has been at the centre of the storm when it comes to gender inequality, is actively headhunting a female president. Apparently convinced this will be the solution to the institution’s problems, the university is more likely to learn a different lesson: tackling the symptom without addressing the root cause is always going to be to some extent futile …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, University Times, 30 July]

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Lack of women at senior level in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I have followed with interest the recent coverage of the under-representation of women at senior level in Irish universities (‘Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows’, Carl O’Brien, July 20th). Despite the initiatives taken to encourage greater recognition of women at senior level, it would be optimistic to think the current culture can be changed easily to allow a recalibration …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 28 July]

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There has never been a female Irish university president … why?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Since the establishment of the first Irish university over 400 years ago, a woman has never occupied the most senior role possible – president. And yet, the number of women and men attending universities in Ireland as students is almost equal …” (more)

[Jade Hayden, Her.ie, 25 July]

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NUIG recruiters told to ‘reach out to women’ for president

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recruiters headhunting the new president of NUI Galway were specifically asked to ‘reach out’ to women academics in Ireland and abroad. Members of the Governing Body of NUIG, ‘expressed a worry’ that the competition to replace Dr James Browne, the incumbent ‘might not attract significant female interest’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 July]

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Government Taskforce to Consider Quotas as Solution to Higher Education’s Gender Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A government taskforce will examine the possibility of introducing gender quotas in colleges and universities, the latest response to several years of statistics showing worrying levels of gender inequality in the higher education sector …” (more)

[Jake O’Donnell, University Times, 23 July]

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Academia and gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I welcome the report on this matter by Carl O’Brien (News, July 20th). The figures for Trinity College Dublin are certainly unacceptable. At lecturer level there are 50% men and women. This becomes 65% to 35% at senior lecturer level, 58% to 42% at associate professor level and 81% to 19% at full professor level …” (more)

[Gerald Morgan, Irish Times, 24 July]

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Women and academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent coverage of the under-representation of women among the senior ranks of the State’s colleges and universities is a sobering reminder of how much ground still needs to be covered in levelling the playing field for women academics (Carl O’Brien, ‘Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows’, News, July 20th) … (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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University gender bias: ‘Mediocre men outperform outstanding women’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university sector. ‘It’s not good for colleges, it’s not good for the country – we’re missing out on a huge talent pool’, she said. ‘Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Third-level colleges face funding cuts if they fail to tackle gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over the coming years. While men and women are equally represented within universities and colleges in Ireland, women are significantly under-represented in senior roles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Colleges are criticised for having too few women in senior roles

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has criticised third-level colleges for a continuing ‘significant lack of representation’ of women in key senior roles. There were only ‘small improvements’, of less than 2%, between 2015 and 2016 in addressing the under-representation of females in academic and decision-making roles in higher education, according to a HEA report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 July]

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Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of all of lecturers in the seven universities are female, these numbers fall dramatically at higher grades such as associate professor (29%) and professor (21%). There has never been a female president since the establishment of the first Irish university about 425 years ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Progress in Gender Equality Among Irish Academic Staff at ‘Snail’s Pace’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A report published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today has shown only marginal improvements of one to two per cent in the representation of women in governing roles and professorships positions in higher education institutions in Ireland …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 July]

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Lack of progress on gender imbalance in university promotions ‘very disappointing’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New statistics from the HEA today showing that the level of women in university professorship positions has increased by just two percent to 21% over the last year is ‘very disappointing’ and requires urgent attention and focus by university management, Joan Donegan, incoming General Secretary of the Irish Federations of University Teachers (IFUT), said today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 July]

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Report on Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender Published

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A year on from the publication of the Report of the Expert Group: HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (June 2016), the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has published the second iteration of the Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender, presenting gender-disaggregated data for 2016 on the leadership, governance, management and staffing …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 19 July]

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RCSI seeks to address lack of female surgeons

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

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to implement a series of measures to improve the number of women working as surgeons in Ireland. Overall, only 7% of surgical consultants are female, including about 10% of general surgical consultants and 21% of plastic surgery consultants …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 July]

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Women in STEM

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“2015 data – enrollments in Irish Universities (Mater Dei and St Pat’s included as they are now incorporated into DCU). Note: gender balance in science reflects male dominance in physics and maths and female dominance in biology. Interestingly, there is parity (more or less) in chemistry …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 28 June]

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Legal actions over alleged gender discrimination at NUI Galway adjourned for mediation

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Legal actions by four female lecturers against National University of Ireland Galway alleging gender discrimination in a competition for promotion have been again adjourned while efforts continue to resolve the dispute through mediation. Claire Bruton BL, for the lecturers, told High Court Deputy Master Angela Denning today the mediation is ongoing and she was seeking a two-week adjournment of the cases by consent …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Placing gender equity in Stem on the radar

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths is deepening. There are plenty of jobs in the industry, but there are not enough people to fill the roles. The problem is, to a significant extent, caused by the failure of Stem to attract women. Fewer than 25% of people working in Stem are female …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Dublin City University unveils over 50 gender neutral bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has opened 54 gender neutral bathrooms across its three campuses. The Universal Access Bathrooms were introduced on May 15th after the students’ union was mandated by class representatives in the 2015/16 academic year to implement gender neutral bathrooms …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 2 June]

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