Students’ society slams NUI Galway for rise in college creche fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A students’ society at NUI Galway has criticised the university for raising the weekly fees at the college créche. NUIG Life Society claims fees have increased from €174 to €220 per week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 30 July]

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Baby matters: Gender politics beyond COVID-19 and the ‘Aunts’ of academia

Posted in Life on July 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe enduring ‘baby penalty’: Having children is exciting but challenging. Economic uncertainty, environmental anxiety, and lower fertility rates are among the contributing factors that lead many to opt out of parenthood. Babies have also been damaging to women’s careers from time immemorial, especially in traditionally male-dominated fields …” (more)

[Enrica Maria Ferrara, IFUT, 8 July]

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Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

“Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials and personal circumstances, research indicates. The study, of 2,270 academics at 24 top UK universities, found the men reached more senior levels than the women, even after parenthood was accounted for …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 17 October]

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More than two thirds of women on ‘home duties’ with higher education do not want to return to workforce, says new survey

Posted in Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than two thirds of women who work in the home and have a third level education do not want to return to a paid job, according to a survey issued today. In research conducted by SOLAS on 218,000 women on ‘home duties’, not participating in the labour force and aged between 20–64, the majority of women – regardless of their education level – said they did not wish to return to the labour force …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 1 May]

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Posts of Professors Holding Babies in Class Often Go Viral. Is That the Reality of Students With Kids?

Posted in Life on December 20th, 2018 by steve

“The story is always the same. A professor tells a student with a young child that she (it’s always a woman) can bring her baby to class. The professor invariably holds the child, someone shares the image on social media, and the post goes viral …” (more)

[Cailin Crowe, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 December]

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Closure of IT Tallaght Créche Will See Student-Parents Dropout Of College

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is today calling on IT Tallaght to reverse the decision to close the créche on campus, or parents will be forced to dropout of college. IT Tallaght announced their campus créche would close after public tendering did not locate a new provider meeting the college’s criteria this month …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 27 July]

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Students Voice Concern, as IT Tallaght Announce Closure of Créche

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have questioned the closure of the créche in Tallaght Institute of Technology (ITT), a move they say will place serious pressure on the college’s student parents …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 July]

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Keep women in academia by providing childcare, historian urges universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

“A leading British historian has called on universities to provide more support for childcare to reduce the number of women who leave academia before they reach the peak of their careers. Starting a family remains one of the greatest obstacles for women who are building their careers as university researchers, but too little is done to help them …” (more)

[Ian Sample, Guardian, 7 June]

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Figuring out the challenges of being a scientist and a mum

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to give a talk at an event about the challenges of being a woman working in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). However, not only am I a woman working in Stem, I’m also a parent working in Stem, and this event started at 6pm, clashing with a meeting at my child’s school …” (more)

[Jane Stout, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Is UCD doing enough for student parents?

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While getting through university is a challenge for most students, few can imagine the difficulties faced by those who have to raise their own children while completing their studies. A third-level course is as demanding as a full-time job, except it costs money rather than providing it. On top of this, student-parents have to deal with the same childcare costs that overwhelm many dual-income households …” (more)

[Orla Keaveney, University Observer, 31 March]

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Could Parental Leave Actually be Good for my Academic Career?

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2016 by steve

UK“Last autumn, I started my research lab at the University of Cambridge’s Stem Cell Institute, but this coming summer I’m doing something completely different – I’m taking parental leave with my first child. I must admit that at least some inspiration came from my brother, who took a term off with his second child and said it was one of the best decisions he’d ever made …” (more)

[David Kent, SAS Confidential, 19 February]

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College to Introduce Lactation Spaces for Student and Staff Parents

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

Ireland“A number of lactation and breastfeeding spaces for the use of student and staff parents are in the process of being established in College. While the project is still in the early stages of development …” (more)

[Jack Hartnet, Irish Times, 16 December]

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How to break back into academia when you’ve had a baby

Posted in Life on November 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“Carving out a career in academia can be tough. Getting back in after taking a break can be even harder. Competition is fierce, so gaps in your publishing record or a lack of experience with the latest lab technology can put you at the bottom of the pile …” (more)

[Helen Lock, Guardian, 18 November]


Do more to support student mothers, universities told

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

UK“Warwick study highlights high dropout rate and queries social mobility benefits. Universities should do more to support student mothers in order to reduce the number that drop out, a study says …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 19 August]

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Inequality In The Third Level Grant System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“As a young parent I know what sort of hardships come with the package as soon as your little bundle of joy arrives. The stress, the worry – it can all take its toll on your physical and mental health. Of course, even with all the hardships of being a parent, it is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have …” (more)

[Ashton Burke Doyle,, 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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Parenthood and academia: an impossible balance?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Much ink is spilled over the so-called leaky pipeline that sees so many women drop out of the academy before they reach its senior ranks. The key issue is typically identified as the enormous difficulty of balancing the duties of motherhood with the demands of an academic career …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 4 September]

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Gender imbalance and top academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Further to John Holden’s article ‘Imbalance at the top in third level’ (Education, March 18th), I write as one of the small handful of women professors at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Irish Times, 20 March]

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The macho world of scientific research

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“I have spent over forty years in science and, I hope, have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the relationship between our genes and disease, particularly in relation to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. But it very nearly wasn’t so …” (more)

[Kay Davies, New Statesman, 26 September]

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Time and Haddington Road

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“So Haddington Road’s extra working hours are now being done and the extra time being worked has impacted at all sorts of levels. The Croke Park extra hours were a nightmare for my own family …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 29 August]

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