NUIG president says university is committed to gender equality

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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3 Responses to “NUIG president says university is committed to gender equality”

  1. Alan Says:

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  2. Professor Pat O'Connor Says:

    The President of NUIG, Dr Jim Browne (Irish Times, May 5th) indicates that I was invited to join the Task Force in an advisory capacity. He neglects to mention that this invitation (issued on 9th April 2015) was turned down by me in an email on 18th April 2015. I indicated that, having given the matter a great deal of thought I decided against doing so for two reasons
    1) It seems to me that until a political solution is found to the ‘road block’ involving the five women who were unsuccessful in the (discredited) 2008/09 competition, any credible movement forward is virtually impossible.
    2) I continue to have serious reservations about the composition of the Task Force, particularly the fact that only one of its seven external members has any real expertise in gender. (If the problem was an engineering one, and six of the seven externals were world class hairdressers it would similarly be difficult to have confidence in it….)
    These remain my concerns. I note that they have not been addressed by the President of NUIG in this interview.

    Yours etc

    Professor Pat O’Connor

    Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

    University of Limerick

    Limerick

    Ireland

    Tel: 353-61-202329; 353-(0) 862338407

  3. Professor Pat O'Connor Says:

    The President of NUIG, indicates that I was invited to join the Task Force in an advisory capacity. He neglects to mention that this invitation (issued on 9th April 2015) was turned down by me in an email on 18th April 2015. I indicated that, having given the matter a great deal of thought I decided against doing so for two reasons
    1) It seems to me that until a political solution is found to the ‘road block’ involving the five women who were unsuccessful in the (discredited) 2008/09 competition, any credible movement forward is virtually impossible.
    2) I continue to have serious reservations about the composition of the Task Force, particularly the fact that only one of its seven external members has any real expertise in gender. (If the problem was an engineering one, and six of the seven externals were world class hairdressers it would similarly be difficult to have confidence in it….)
    These remain my concerns. I note that they have not been addressed by the President of NUIG in this interview.

    Yours etc

    Professor Pat O’Connor

    Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

    University of Limerick

    Tel: 353-61-202329; 353-(0) 862338407

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