Trinity’s head of sport loses Labour Court wage equality appeal

Posted in Legal issues on December 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College’s head of sport has lost her appeal against a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication on her claim to be paid the same wage as her male predecessor. The Labour Court, which heard the appeal last month, has upheld a decision in March 2020 by the WRC that Michelle Tanner’s claim was ‘out of time’ …” (more)

[Neil Michael, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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Siblings lose civil action in NUI Galway discrimination claim

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Four Mayo siblings have lost a legal action they took against the National University of Ireland, Galway, claiming they were victims of discrimination, because of their religious beliefs …” (more)

[Pat McGrath, RTÉ News, 22 November]

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Where is the Response from Colleges to the HEA’s Discrimination Report?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have all but ignored a recent report from the Higher Education Authority detailing the inequalities that exist between white Irish staff and staff from minority ethnic backgrounds. That non-white Irish university employees are paid less than their white Irish counterparts, and are less likely to be on permanent contracts is deeply worrying – but for those at a disadvantage, it’s not a surprise …” (more)

[University Times, 31 October]

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NUIG society ban on siblings not about religion, court told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A NUIG academic who headed the complaints committee at the college has told the circuit court in Galway that the decision to sanction four siblings from membership of college societies had nothing to do with their religion …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 29 October]

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Siblings claim they were discriminated against at NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings have begun a civil action against the National University of Ireland, Galway claiming they were discriminated against and victimised by college authorities because of their religious beliefs seven years ago …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 27 October]

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Academic pay and ethnic minorities

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – It is is difficult to see how the headline conclusion can reasonably be drawn from the Higher Education Authority survey into third-level pay as no factor other than ethnicity seems to have been taken into account (‘Ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay’, News, October 18th) …” (more)

[Dave Slater, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Study reveals 83% of girls fear gender inequality in science and tech careers

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A lack of subject choices in school is a clear barrier to pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and maths, according to four in five (78%) of girls surveyed. And a remarkable 83% of Irish teenage girls also warned there is a widespread perception of a lack of gender equality in the STEM careers area …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 8 October]

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Why Did it Take a Pandemic to Reasonably Accommodate Everyone?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity adapted quickly in March 2020 when coronavirus restrictions closed the university. As classes moved online, so did annual examinations. Mitigating measures were introduced, including the option to defer assessments – without explanation – before or after sitting them, or resit modules students had passed alongside greater latitude in marking of assignments and assessments …” (more)

[Declan Treanor, University Times, 9 April]

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£20k payout for ex-Queen’s student in discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

“A former Queen’s midwifery student has settled a disability discrimination case against the university for £20,000 …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 3 December]

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UCD professor quit university group over lack of action on sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin president Prof Andrew Deeks was told last year by a professor who quit a gender equality group at the university that she saw ‘no evidence of any commitment to take the necessary steps’ to rid the campus of physical and verbal sexual harassment …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 10 September]

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University ordered to pay €60,000 to employee with OCD who had fear of using toilet

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A university here has been ordered to pay €60,000 for discriminating against an employee who had significant anxiety over contamination from using work toilets. The woman has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudication Officer, Maria Kelly has found that the university failed to make reasonable accommodation for the woman’s disability and that she was discriminated against on the grounds of her disability …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

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Are universities still male dominated? What can be done?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In Irish universities 74% of senior academic positions are held by men (HEA, 2019a). This gives an implicit message to women students and early career women that they have no future in these organisations. It also has the immediate practical implication that there are few women in key decision-making fora in universities …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor,, 4 March]

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NUI Galway allocates €240,000 in 2018 Annual Report for gender discrimination payments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A report from the Connacht Tribune revealed that NUI Galway had set aside a sum of €240,000 last year to settle the cost of covering ‘equality’ related settlements. It was reported that, during the summer of 2018, the University had reached an ‘amicable agreement’ with four female lecturers …” (more)

[SIN, 19 November]

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Judge Petria McDonnell: Submission lodged with Justice Minister, Equalities Watchdog and Parliamentary Committee

Posted in Legal issues on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Plaintiffs in Burkes v NUI Galway have serious concerns regarding the conduct of Circuit Court Judge Petria McDonnell. Today, they lodged a formal submission with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan, and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality …” (more, download)

[Burke Broadcast, 8 July]

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High Court appeal lodged in students’ discrimination case against NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The religious discrimination case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG is headed to the High Court as individual notices of appeal seeking another judge. They are pursuing their High Court appeal to seek a different judge for their case against NUIG after asking Judge Petria McDonnell to recuse herself at the Circuit Court hearing …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 4 July]

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High Court application for recusal of Judge Petria McDonnell

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Burkes lodged an appeal in the High Court yesterday against Judge Petria McDonnell’s refusal to recuse herself from hearing their religious discrimination case against NUI Galway. They are seeking to have another judge take the case …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 29 June]

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Court drama continues in discrimination case against NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was more drama this week at Galway Circuit Court in the ongoing case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG. The Burkes received a lifetime ban from all student societies at NUIG in 2014, in what they say was an act of discrimination based on their religion …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 22 June]

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Christian Students Win Right to Challenge NUI Galway in Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From the 18th to the 20th of June 2019, Galway Circuit Court will hear the linked cases of Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke, Ammi Burke -v- NUI Galway. This follows a Court ruling in December 2018 which overturned a key portion of the previous decision at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 1 June]

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Almost Half of Female US Economists Report Sex Discrimination

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Almost half of female economists have experienced gender discrimination, according to an American Economic Association survey that also included hundreds of reports of assault and harassment. 48% of women reported unfair discrimination based on sex and 22% experienced bias for their marital status or caregiving responsibilities …” (more)

[Jeff Kearns, Bloomberg, 18 March]

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Unions call for end to ‘staggering’ gender inequality for third-level staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have called for an end to the ‘stark inequalities’ and precarious working environments facing workers, particularly women, in higher and further education roles. Union representatives from third-level institutions across the country gathered in Liberty Hall on International Women’s Day to discuss the ‘staggering’ levels of gender inequality and precarious working conditions which persist among university and college academic and management staff …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 March]

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