Challenges facing women in higher education remain, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Improvements secured in recent years tackling the especially precarious nature of employment facing women in Higher Education in Ireland were highlighted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) at a special international conference ‘On the move for Equality, Advancing Women’ Leadership’, organised by Education International, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 4th to 7th February …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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Let’s build additional supports to get women into science

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“We need to bridge the gender gap in schools – especially in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, writes Julie O’Neill …” (more)

[Julie O’Neill, Independent, 17 May]

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Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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

UKBronwyn McGahan (Sinn Féin): Go raibh maith agat. I beg to move: That this Assembly expresses concern that men outnumber women by nearly three to one in high-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) posts; welcomes the statement by the Minister for Employment and Learning on 4 June 2013 reiterating the importance of women in the STEM sectors; and …” (more)

[and for continuation of debate see here]

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 24 March]

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On Not Being Smart Enough

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

Ireland“‘During my early beginnings as a graduate student, I did not realise that the kinds of treatment I received had a name: sexism. I began to learn that much of what was happening to me was about me as a woman (not as a person or a philosopher) and that it was caused by overt and covert sexism at both personal and institutional levels …'” (more)

[Clara Fischer, Dublin Review of Books, 1 March]

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Gender equality in science: it takes a village

Posted in Life on March 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Late last year, a metastudy was published showing that, since 2000, things are improving for women working in most STEM-based fields, although there are some notable exceptions …” (more)

[Guardian, 17 March]

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Third Level Staff Data: Women in senior academic positions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2014 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to address the under-representation of women in senior academic positions in third level institutions …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 9 December]

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Time well past to increase number of women in engineering

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“While Ireland celebrates Science Week, in the second of a series of columns from Royal Irish Academy members, Prof Jane Grimson says gender-blanced teams are more innovative and creative …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 11 November]

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Women now have 1.7 million more reasons to get involved in science

Posted in Research on November 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland has awarded €1.7 million to ten female researchers as part of its Advance Award Programme. The aim of the programme is to encourage women to enter or stay in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) …” (more)

[, 5 November]

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Happy Halloween: Actual PhDs respond to Amazon’s ‘women’s sexy PhD’ costume and it is a treat

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2014 by steve

USA“‘Though I have a PhD and a successful career as an academic, what really matters is how hot I look in my regalia’. Everyone, you can change your Halloween plans tonight because there is no longer any need to go trick-or-treating. The lady PhDs have done it …” (more)

[Jenny Kutner, Salon, 31 October]

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A tale of bright girls liberated by education – in the 1900s

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Some commentators believe that women still don’t get enough encouragement or access to third level education, and that there are still insufficient pathways to support women who want to go to university …” (more)

[Mary Kenny, Independent, 5 October]

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Female students are not damsels in distress

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“Sex has never been such a hot topic of discussion – but not in a good way. On Twitter, the #EverydaySexism project has prompted scores of anecdotal and heartfelt testimonies from tweeters, sharing personal stories about everything from rape and sexual harassment to catcalling and just plain flirting …” (more)

[Ellamay Russell, spiked, 25 September]

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Access to third-level education for women should be improved

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“In 21st century Ireland women are still being excluded from access to third-level education …” (more)

[Marguerite Doyle, Independent, 22 September]

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The first female student of Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“While Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 with the Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I, women couldn’t actually study there until 1904. Certainly, there was a belief among some in authority within the university right up until that point that the admission of female students was strongly undesirable …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 30 June]

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Kirstie Allsopp’s advice to girls is nonsense, says senior academic

Posted in Life on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“A senior academic has dismissed as nonsense Kirstie Allsopp’s advice for young girls to secure a job, save up for a flat, get a boyfriend, have a baby and leave university until later …” (more)

[Mark Tran, Guardian, 4 June]

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Kirstie Allsopp tells young women: ditch university and have a baby by 27

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Self-avowed ‘passionate feminist’ Kirstie Allsopp has urged young women to get a flat, a boyfriend, and have babies before embarking on a career …” (more)

[Mark Tran, Guardian, 2 June]

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Women on the verge of important breakthroughs

Posted in Life, Research on October 10th, 2013 by steve

“Ahead of Ada Lovelace Day next Tuesday, which celebrates women in science, five Irish women talk about their work …” (more)

[Aoife McLysaght, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Women scientists: Slowly getting the recognition they deserve?

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2013 by steve

“From Rosalind Franklin, whose fundamental contributions to the double helix model for DNA were overshadowed by Watson and Crick, to Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who’s vital role in discovering pulsars was not rewarded recognised a Nobel prize …” (more)

[Lauren Davis, Prospect, 28 July]

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Take back the net: Institutions must develop collective strategies to tackle online abuse aimed at female academics

Posted in Legal issues, Life on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“A recent conference panel explored the challenges and risks associated with being a female public intellectual given widespread online sexual harassment. Audra Mitchell summarises the panel and provides further insight into what can be done to stop the abuse …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 24 July]

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Giving women in academia genuine equal opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2013 by steve

InternationalHappy international women’s day! I want to use this occasion to share some thoughts about how to given women in academia a fair chance. I’m not talking about affirmative action or quota, but rather making both the environment more welcoming to women, the formal practices fairer to women …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 8 March]


Female Philosophers Shake Up Their Field

Posted in Life on January 14th, 2013 by steve

“America’s philosophy professors are having a party, the sort of gathering that has become an institution at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association …” (more)

[Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 January]

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