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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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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Call for urgent action over student accommodation crisis in Galway

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

Ireland“The government is being urged to tackle the lack of student accommodation in cities such as Galway, Dublin and Cork. Young Fine Gael says student rents in Galway city have risen by a third in the past year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 July]

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Micheline’s US Tour takes shape

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline’s tour of the US following her grandmother Hanna’s historic tour 100 years ago now has an outline itinerary, shown below. Invites have come in from universities, historical societies, Irish American centres and feminist organisations …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 July]

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NUI Galway seeks more time to build river walkway

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More time is being sought for a Greenway Enhancement Project at NUI Galway in Newcastle. The college is looking for an extension of planning permission for the N6 underpass and approach roads near the Quincentenary Bridge …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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NUI Galway team defends work on major US intelligence project

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A team at NUI Galway is defending a decision to support a major US intelligence project amid fears over privacy. NUI Galway partner, Compact Imaging, is teaming up with SRI International to develop improved detection of attempts to evade or deceive security systems, such as fingerprint identification scanners …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 July]

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Mediation is extended again

Posted in Legal issues on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The adjournment of the High Court case has been extended for another two weeks to allow mediation between the four female lecturers and NUI Galway to continue. Neither Micheline nor the campaign are privy to the details of the negotiations but the longer the mediation continues the more hopeful we become …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 July]

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Report examines issue of consent among third-level students

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people’s ambivalence towards what constitutes sexual consent when alcohol is involved is captured in new research which shows that while the majority of college students (86%) agree that alcohol impacts on the ability to give consent, more than a third (37%) feel that a woman can still give consent after drinking heavily …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor Announce Capital Funding for St Angela’s College, Sligo

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced capital funding of €343,000 for St Angela’s College, Sligo. The funding will support the College in undertaking essential infrastructural improvements over the summer months …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 July]

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What you can do today to help the five female lecturers

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The only reason NUI Galway have extended mediation with four of the female lecturers for two weeks is our campaign. Management’s usual strategy is delay, delay and yet more delay …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 27 June]

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NUIG to drop students’ names from exam papers amid bias concerns

Posted in Teaching on June 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will no longer require students to put their names on exam papers amid concern over marking bias. The college’s academic council has approved a proposal to introduce anonymous marking which will commence in the new academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 June]

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RTÉ stands over university spending probe

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ is standing over an investigation on spending and governance at third-level colleges as it prepares responses to complaints from two universities. University College Cork and NUI Galway have submitted complaints over its May 25 RTÉ Investigates programme, Universities Unchallenged …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Top architectural award sheds its image

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

Ireland“A group of sheds that have been transformed into the new O’Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance at NUI Galway has been selected for a top architecture award. The centre, designed by Taylor Architects in association with Richard Murphy, won the Public Choice Award at the annual RIAI Irish Architecture Awards …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Mediation extended!

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Examiner has reported that the mediation between the four female lecturers taking High Court cases and NUI Galway has been extended for another two weeks! It seems our previous post on Tuesday reporting how it had failed and detailing what we had heard about NUI Galway’s Machiavellian moves may have done some good! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 June]

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College bar racks up €700,000 ‘tab’

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

Ireland“Losses at the college bar catering business at one of the country’s largest universities total almost €700,000 since 2013. NUI Galway Student Union Commercial Services Ltd operates the bar and catering services at NUI Galway and the Labour Court heard the business ‘has undergone dramatic changes to ensure its survival’ …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 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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Mediation fails – the fight for justice and gender equality goes on

Posted in Legal issues on June 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The mediation between NUI Galway and the four women taking High Court cases for gender discrimination in promotion has failed. A report of the failure will be published in the High Court today and another date for the pre hearing will then be arranged. It means the four women’s cases have been delayed yet again …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 June]

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Hanna and Me: Micheline’s US tour documentary

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline would like to film key parts of the US lecture tour she’s undertaking late this summer. This repeats her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’s epic tour one hundred years ago. She hopes to make a documentary for broadcasting which will be about Hanna’s fight for justice, but also about Micheline’s equality win and her campaign for the five women …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 June]

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Micheline’s US Tour now has a Facebook page

Posted in Life on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline’s lecture tour of the US is rapidly taking shape. Following her grandmother’s epic tour one hundred years ago Micheline now, in her turn, also has invitations to speak in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St Louis, Seattle and smaller places like Butte, Montana with strong Irish connections that Hanna spoke in …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 9 June]

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