Third Level Staff: NUIG and Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2015 by steve

IrelandLorraine Higgins (Labour): I am raising the approach of the National University of Ireland Galway, NUIG, to gender among its academic ranks. The Minister of State may be aware that in December 2014, an NUIG academic, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, won an Equality Tribunal case against the university for discrimination on the basis of gender in the 2009 round of promotions to senior lecturer. Dr Sheehy Skeffington is the first female academic to have achieved this outcome in Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 15 April]

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NCAD staff members critical of management

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A group of staff members at the National College of Art and Design have expressed no confidence in the leadership of the college. At a meeting this afternoon, they overwhelmingly supported a motion expressing no confidence in the ability of senior management to plan for the long-term fiscal and academic future of the college …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 April]

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Minister for Education washing her hands on NUIG Equality issues – Ó Clochartaigh

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, has expressed disappointment that the Task Force on Equality set up by NUIG has snubbed unions, students’ and workers’ representatives by not consulting, or including them …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 March]

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Staff at NCAD issue letter of support to students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Staff at the National College of Art and Design issued a letter of support to students after they staged a mass sit-in at the college yesterday. Some 40 staff members signed the letter of solidarity addressed to the students …” (more)

[Laura Colgan, The College View, 25 March]

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Siptu members told to boycott NUIG gender equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academics affiliated to trade union Siptu at NUI Galway (NUIG) have been directed not to cooperate with the university’s new taskforce on gender equality, which has promised a report by ‘no later than spring 2016′. Siptu’s academic section has also said it is lodging a ‘formal dispute’ with NUIG …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 24 March]

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Bruton: Public sector ‘pay recovery’ depends on spending constraints

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says there will be a ‘pay recovery’ in the public sector, but it will depend on how much money is available to the Government. It comes after Siptu President Jack O’Connor said over the weekend that he expects pay rises in the public sector as unions prepare to sit down with the Government in May …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 March]

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SIPTU members in Waterford IT catering service ballot on strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members employed to provide catering services at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will commence a ballot this evening (Wednesday, 4th March), for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions …” (more)

[SIPTU, 4 March]

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Gender balance in academia

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

Ireland“Sir, – Catherine McGuinness (‘Why women fail to take an equal share of top posts in academia’, Opinion & Analysis, February 19th) suggests that NUI Galway is taking the lead in addressing gender discrimination. Unfortunately, Siptu members at the college do not share her confidence …” (more)

[Letters from Shivaun Quinlivan and Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 2 March]

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NUI Galway approves membership of gender equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Staff dispute may see €1m added to UCC’s pay bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than €1m could be added to the annual pay bill at University College Cork if a report on equalising pay at one of its biggest research centres is adopted. Despite recommendations that more than two-thirds of staff receive average increases of €9,000 a year each at the Tyndall National Institute, unions will outline concerns about the job comparison exercise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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Gender equality demonstration held at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Campaigners for gender equality at NUI Galway, who are seeking promotion of five female lecturers, have staged a demonstration outside a meeting of the university’s academic council …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Staff in UCC threaten strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff in UCC have threatened to strike over attempts to impose changes to terms for new and promoted staff. A new standard contract, which was proposed by management, was circulated before Christmas to unions, including the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) which represents almost 400 staff members at the college …” (more)

[Sharron Lynskey, The College View, 25 February]

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NUI Galway Students and Staff to Protest at 81% Male Academic Council Meeting

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

Ireland“A Demonstration will take place this Wednesday 25th of February at 2.30 pm in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway. The demonstration will take place outside an Academic Council meeting which is the chief academic authority at the university …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 February]

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University staff in strike threat over proposed work changes

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

Ireland“Attempts to impose wide changes to terms for new and promoted staff at University College Cork have been met with a threat of industrial action by academic staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

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SIPTU members criticise proposed NUI Galway taskforce into gender discrimination

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

Ireland“SIPTU members have strongly criticised the procedures surrounding the proposed establishment of a taskforce to investigate gender inequality at NUI Galway, following cases of discrimination at the institution that have been highlighted by the Equality Tribunal …” (more)

[SIPTU, 10 February]

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ICTU: Govt needs to stop ‘talking to themselves’ over public sector pay

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

Ireland“The incoming head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions says the Government is ‘talking to itself’ over a prospective public sector pay deal. SIPTU Vice President Patricia King – who will lead ICTU from March – says she has had no engagement with the Coalition about a successor to the Croke Park and Haddington Road Agreements …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 January]

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NUIG societies back campaign for equality for women lecturers

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

Ireland“Some 25 societies at NUI Galway (NUIG) have backed a new campaign to demand equality for their female lecturers at the university. The campaign, which was endorsed by scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, aims to lobby for equality ‘across the board’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 20 January]

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NUIG must uphold employee equality rights – Carthy and Ó Clochartaigh

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and his party colleague Matt Carthy MEP are to seek an urgent meeting with the President of NUIG to voice their concerns over equality issues in the university …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 January]

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Academics want new probe on NUIG equality

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff at NUI Galway have voted for an independent body to be set up to assess equality in the university. SIPTU academic staff voted unanimously for the independent investigation, after raising concerns about equality procedures in the university …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 9 January]

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Siptu calls for external audit of equality at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trade union SIPTU has called for an external audit of ‘all aspects’ of equality at NUI Galway (NUIG) by independent experts …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 8 January]

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