‘Pioneering move’ – First women-only professorships in place by September

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The first 15 of 45 women-only professorships to be created in Irish higher education are expected to be in place by September, as part of the radical initiative to tackle gender discrimination in academia. The Government has set aside €800,000 in funding for 2019 to support the appointments …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 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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IFUT welcomes new Gender Equality Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the initiative by Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor to launch a new task force to address the issue of gender inequality in third-level education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 November]

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Action plan required in all colleges on gender equality, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on all Irish universities to publish an action plan being taken to address continuing issues of serious gender inequality at college level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 31 August]

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Academia and gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Higher Education Authority has published its national review of gender equality among higher education staff compiled by the expert group chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. It is hard-hitting and wide-reaching …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Government must allocate resources to support measures in report of Expert Group on Equality in universities, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the Report of the Expert Group on Equality in Universities, chaired by Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, but said dedicated resources are required to facilitate its implementation. Ms Joan Donegan, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, said the clear targets being set to bring about gender equality in three years phases …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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Universities face funding cuts if they fail to promote more women

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

Ireland“Third-level institutions risk funding being withheld if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions. This is one of a number of measures contained in a major report on gender equality by an expert group which was commissioned by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Future funding for third-level colleges linked to having minimum number of women in senior positions

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

Ireland“Future funding for third-level colleges will be linked to having a minimum number of women in senior positions. The radical move arises from recommendations of an expert group headed by former EU Commissioner Dr Maire Geogheghan Quinn, carried out in behalf of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 June]

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Higher Education Institutions Will Risk Funding Penalties if They Fail to Address Gender Inequality

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

Ireland“Higher education institutions will risk funding being withheld if they fail to address gender inequality in the coming years. That’s one of the outcomes of a report published today (27.06.16) on gender equality in higher education. The report was compiled by the Expert Group commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to undertake a national review of gender equality in higher education institutions. The Expert Group was chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 27 June]

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The great divide: why are there so few senior female academics?

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

Ireland“Are women in academia about to get a fair crack of the whip? Today, a national review of gender equality in Ireland’s third-level institutions, chaired by former EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, is due to be published. It is widely expected that it will call for major changes to bring about gender equality in Irish universities …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Third-level institutions face targets for women in senior posts

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

Ireland“Third-level institutions will be required to ensure more women are promoted to senior academic posts as part of a major report on gender equality to be published today. The national review carried out by an expert group commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows women are significantly under-represented in the senior ranks of most colleges and universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Labour Court rules NUIG must deal with internal promotion case

Posted in Legal issues on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has ruled that negotiations should occur between NUI Galway and a staff member and her trade union on the issue of promotion procedures, in a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 May]

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Include gender equality in next Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a commitment to tackle barriers to gender inequality in education in any new Programme for Government …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 March]

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National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions – Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The HEA has initiated a Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, which is being conducted by a five-member, independent Expert Group chaired by the former European Commissioner and Government Minister, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. We would welcome your participation in this survey …” (more, online survey)

[Higher Education Authority, 17 December]

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NUIG ‘flouting HEA approach on gender equality’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway are continuing to pursue a legalistic and confrontational attitude to female employees seeking equal treatment which is openly flouting the aims of Gender Equality Review currently being carried out for the HEA by former EU Commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, according to the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 26 October]

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Geoghegan-Quinn to head third-level gender equality review

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Review group includes Limerick professor who turned down invitation to advise NUIG. Former European commissioner and Fianna Fáil minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is to chair a national review of gender equality in higher education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Funding for Research: a Call on European Leaders to Maintain their Commitments

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

EU“… In its position on the draft budget for 2015 of 24 July, the European Council foresees a substantial decrease in the available budget for payments to projects funded by Horizon 2020, the EU research programme running from 2014 to 2020 …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 31 October]

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Funding of EU Research is at stake!

Posted in Research on October 28th, 2014 by steve

EU“In view of the three-week conciliation period on the EU 2015 budget, starting on 28th October, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) calls upon the Council of Finance Ministers to provide the necessary funding to honor its previously made commitments and to deal with the current payment shortages …” (more)

[League of European Research Universities, 27 October]

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Maire Geoghegan-Quinn gets French government’s highest honour

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland’s outgoing EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur by French president Francois Hollande, the highest honour that can be bestowed by the French government …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 24 September]

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EU states urged to progress on Europe-wide research area

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2014 by steve

EU“Country-level reforms are the next stage needed in the development of a Europe-wide research area, according to a new report. The European Commission report says that ‘good progress’ has been made to date in setting the foundations to create an environment where researchers and scientific knowledge can flow freely between European countries …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 17 September]

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