Electing a woman as provost is just tokenistic if they don’t seek to bring about real change

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the first woman to be elected to a certain office will be subject to more scrutiny than her male predecessors. Supposedly acting as a litmus test for the suitability of any and every woman for the role, the first woman will be watched carefully by those waiting to seize upon something that can be used to justify their assumptions about women in general …” (more)

[Ellen McHugh, Trinity News, 13 February]

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Eurostudent Survey

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new report, published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, has revealed that the number of students at Irish higher educational institutions has steadily increased and that there is now a higher proportion of female students attending Universities or Associate/Affiliate Colleges than men. The report – The Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students in Ireland – is part of the Eurostudent VII Report, which collates comparable data on student life across Europe …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 10 February]

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The women of Irish university politics

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

Ireland“The University experience for Irish women has progressed drastically over the past century. Isabel Marion Weir Johnston, the first woman to register to study at Trinity, was not allowed to attend lectures and she was only permitted to sit exams. For decades women were not allowed to join all-male societies, had to dine separately from men and were subject to curfews …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, The College View, 10 February]


A Female Provost Isn’t the End of the Line for Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday, the three candidates for the upcoming Provost election were confirmed. For the first time ever, all three candidates are women and Trinity will see its first female provost in its 429-year history. My immediate response was to celebrate this incredible feat. The pandemic has made ‘living through history’ a daily occurrence, but the significance of this news was not lost on me …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 7 February]

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When it comes to gender inequality in academia, we know more than what can be measured

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2021 by steve

“In academia gender bias is often figured in terms of research productivity and differentials surrounding the academic work of men and women. Alesia Zuccala and Gemma Derrick posit that this outlook inherently ignores a wider set of variables impacting women, and that attempts to achieve cultural change in academia can only be realised, by acknowledging variables that are ultimately difficult to quantify …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 26 January]

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‘Shatter the glass ceiling’: First woman university chief in Ireland on breakthrough role

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year Prof Kerstin Mey shattered one of the highest and hardest glass ceilings there is in Ireland. Her appointment as president of University of Limerick in July ended a 428-year tradition of men only running Irish universities. By her own admission, the full significance of it only sank in later …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 November]

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IUA welcomes the announcement of €300,000 annual funding for Gender Equality Enhancement and a call for 15 new SALI posts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the launch of the Gender Equality Enhancement Fund of €300,000 annually and the approval of the second cycle of 15 SAL Initiative posts. Our universities are fully committed to working with Minister Simon Harris and the HEA to further promote gender equality across the sector as part of a broad-based equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda …” (more)

[IUA, 9 October]

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Girls’ maths ability underestimated due to stereotypes, study finds

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gender stereotyping is resulting in girls’ performance at maths being significantly underestimated by teachers and parents from primary school onwards, according to new research. A study of 8,000 pupils in Ireland concludes that the perception that girls are not as good as boys is occurring at all levels of achievement, with the gap widest for high-performing girls …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Gender pay gap widening for graduates – survey

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New research shows that female graduates in Ireland expect to earn up to 14% less than their male counterparts a year. The latest global talent market research by Irishjobs.ie, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum, reveals a significant difference in the annual salary expectations of male and female graduates …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 September]

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Leaving Cert results raise important gender bias issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Data gender has only been provided for three core subjects, leaving education experts blind as to the true picture, say Professors Pat O’Connor, Delma Byrne, and Selina McCoy. The Leaving Certificate was cancelled on May 8 to be replaced by the teachers’ subjective judgments on what percentage mark they thought each of their students might have received in the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Women less likely to critique men’s research in academic journals

Posted in Research on August 20th, 2020 by steve

“Women researchers are less likely to comment on academic work, and it shows a subtle gender bias in academia. If women are less likely to comment, they could be excluded from or marginalized in important scholarly debates and networks …” (more)

[Cary Wu, Rima Wilkes and Sylvia Fuller, Academic Matters, 19 August]

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No, Appointing One Female University President Does Not Shatter the Glass Ceiling

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Kerstin Mey’s appointment as interim president of the University of Limerick (UL) earlier this week has – rightly – been lauded as historic. She is the first woman to lead one of Ireland’s universities in the 400 year-long history of third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[University Times, 12 July]

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Watershed moment in higher education

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

Ireland“A chara, – In response to Carl O’Brien’s news report of July 9th on the first female president appointed at University of Limerick, this is truly a remarkable and profoundly significant day for Irish higher education and indeed for every Irish woman …” (more)

[Aoife Prendergast, Irish Times, 11 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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Leaving calculated grades and gender bias

Posted in Teaching on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Pat O’Connor rightly points out that the process this year of awarding estimated Leaving Certificate grades may contain some built-in biases (‘Leaving Cert calculated grades open to danger of gender bias’, Opinion & Analysis, July 1st) …” (more)

[Lennon Ó Náraigh, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Gender bias and calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Pat O’Connor (‘Leaving Cert calculated grades open to danger of gender bias’, Opinion & Analysis, July 1st) states that in the guidelines issued to teachers regarding this process ‘there is no reference to gender bias’. This is not entirely the case …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Leaving Cert and Gender Bias

Posted in Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Pat O’Connor, Professor Emeritus of sociology and social policy at the University of Limerick and visiting Professor at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin, speaks to Mary about how the 2020 Leaving Cert calculated grading system may result in gender bias in student’s final marks …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1 – Drivetime, 1 July]

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Leaving Cert calculated grades open to danger of gender bias

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills assumes that teachers will act professionally when estimating the percentage mark that their students might have received in the 2020 Leaving Cert, and in the ranking of their students relative to one another …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Trinity Business School ranked best in Europe for gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the 2020 Executive MBA rankings produced by the Economist today, the Trinity Business School has risen to 11th in Europe and 4th across the UK and Ireland. The business school ranked first in Ireland, and scored in the top five places for gender diversity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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