Four female lecturers promoted after NUIG gender discrimination dispute

“Four female lecturers who say they were discriminated against on gender grounds are set to be promoted as part of a settlement with NUI Galway (NUIG) which is understood to run to hundreds of thousands of euro. The lecturers, who initiated a High Court action against the university, had argued that they met the qualifications required for senior lectureship posts but were passed over in a promotion round in 2009 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 July]


  • The rights of the four lecturers in NUI Galway have at last been vindicated. It was clear in 2014 that this was the only possible outcome given the content of the Equality Tribunal Report. The intransigence of senior management in NUI Galway has cost the taxpayer dear. The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor says that she is committed to ending gender inequality in Irish Higher Education. when is she going to implement the recommendations of the HEA (2016) National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Educational Institutions? The Task Force that she established IN 2017, arguably as a foot-dragging exercise, was due to report in March 2018. It has not done so. Pursuing individual cases in the courts is not a satisfactory approach for anyone: the taxpayer; the individuals themselves or the universities. Action in implementing the widely accepted recommendations of the 2016 report is well overdue.

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