NUIG president says ranking rise down to calibre of staff

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

Ireland“Universities are ‘not Premier League football clubs, who invest in star players to deliver a “quick bounce”‘. When NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne made this observation in an analysis of university ranking systems five years ago, he noted that one particular set of metrics would lead to ‘dysfunctional behaviour’ if followed to its logical conclusion …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 September]

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NUIG rise in world rankings likely to attract more overseas students

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

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says the university’s rise in world rankings will be a key factor in attracting more students from overseas.The thirteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings places the university 249th in the international rankings – up 22 places …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 6 September]

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Remembering John Byrne

Posted in Life on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In your obituary for Prof John Byrne (‘The father of computing in Ireland’, April 22nd), you rightly referred to his generosity in giving of his time ‘to assist the growth of computing education and research in the other universities’ …” (more)

[James Browne, Irish Times, 27 April]

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NUI Galway appoints vice president for equality and diversity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has appointed a vice-president for equality and diversity, saying it is the first appointment of its kind in an Irish university. Prof Anne Scott, who is executive dean of the education, health and community faculty in Liverpool John Moores University, has been appointed to the post by NUIG president Dr Jim Browne …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Another Year, Another Dismal Performance at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With NUI Galway’s latest dismal performance regarding the number of women in senior posts, the Micheline’s Three Conditions Campaign is demanding the end to rhetoric and calling for real change at the university, beginning with the promotions of five female lecturers who have had to take their fight to court …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 11 November]

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NUIG President says hotel management merger will boost tourism

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says the university’s merger with the world-renowned Shannon College of Hotel Management will further boost the West of Ireland’s thriving tourism industry …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 November]

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NUI Galway Global Domination!?!? Not When it Comes to Women, Micheline tells them!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been making the news lately with reports on the university’s ambitious plans for world domination, but Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington points out in a Letter to the Editor that there’s one significant area where President Jim Browne and the university have failed consistently: gender equality …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 October]

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SIPTU members not surprised at failure of NUI Galway to receive equality award

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members have said they are not surprised at the failure of NUI Galway to secure an Athena Swan award for gender equality policies in higher education in light of the number of outstanding issues concerning discrimination at the third level institution …” (more)

[SIPTU, 31 July]

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NUIG Boys Club

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Of sixteen women who applied for senior lectureship in NUIG during 2009, only one was promoted. As the resulting verdict of Dr Sheehy Skeffington’s discrimination case reverberates at NUIG, Simon Price dives into the murkier side of the Corrib university and asks what’s changed in 2015? …” (more)

[rabble, 2 July]

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Expert declines ‘mudflap’ role on gender equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UL’s Prof Pat O’Connor airs ‘serious reservations’ on make-up of NUIG committee. University of Limerick (UL) expert on gender equality has turned down an invitation to advise an NUI Galway (NUIG) taskforce, saying she will not be used as a ‘corporate mudflap’ by the institution …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 May]

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NUIG president says university is committed to gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is completely committed to a gender equality agenda and believes it has already made significant progress in the area, the university’s president Dr Jim Browne has said. Dr Browne and the university’s academic secretary Caroline Loughnane have defended the way the university’s task force on gender equality was established …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Gender equality high court case begins as campaign raises €2000 in 2 weeks to support 5 women lecturers

Posted in Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four of the five female lecturers who were passed over for promotion in 2009 along with Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington have now submitted papers to the high court. The papers have also been served on the president of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 30 April]

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Four female lecturers push forward with High Court case against NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four female lecturers have taken the first steps in a High Court case against NUI Galway. The four are challenging their lack of promotion at the university and have today submitted papers to the high court to progress their case …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 29 April]

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NUIG President agrees to meet Sinn Fein delegation over gender inequality issues

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway is to meet with a delegation of Sinn Fein public representatives tomorrow to discuss ongoing concerns over gender inequality …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 23 April]

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NUIG Presdent to meet Sinn Féin delegation on equality concerns – Ó Clochartaigh

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has welcomed an invitation to discuss Equality Issues at NUIG with President James Browne …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 April]

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NUIG chair turns down equality meeting request

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chair of the Governing Body of NUI Galway has declined to meet elected Oireachtas members over their concerns about the ongoing gender equality issues at the university. Justice Catherine McGuinness, a former senator and retired Supreme Court judge, says her role as chair of the Governing Body is ‘very limited’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 13 April]

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The Last Post

Posted in Research, Teaching on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I was going to title this post ‘On being research active and being a good teacher’, or some such, but instead I’ve decided to make it the ‘Last post’, i.e, the last post. Reading the Sunday Business Post yesterday I came across some quotes by the President of NUIG and to be honest it made me despair …” (more)

[Greg Foley, educationandstuff, 6 April]

[Sorry to lose you!]

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In Reference to: ‘My Meeting With Jim Browne’, Sin Newspaper

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In a recent article for NUI Galway’s Sin newspaper, I, a recent NUI Galway MA alumnus and member of this campaign met with President Browne following an encounter we had at a campaign demonstration, whereby I offered to compile a document on gender discrimination for him after listening to his severely lacking knowledge of gender discrimination …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 2 April]

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Questionnaire ‘overdone’ – NUIG president

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway President Jim Browne has acknowledged that media coverage of a medical questionnaire that asked employment candidates about their periods did ‘terrible damage’ to the university …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 1 April]

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City bypass ‘potentially disastrous’ for NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A bypass route dissecting NUI Galway’s lands would be ‘potentially disastrous’, the university’s President has warned. Dr Jim Browne said that two of the routes in particular would be ‘very dangerous’ – because they would cut through the sports pitches or run parallel to the Quincentenary Bridge …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 29 March]

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