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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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, PublicPolicy.ie, 4 March]

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Our university promotions system is designed by men for men

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The purpose of the 20 posts approved under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative created by Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor was to improve the representation of women in senior positions in the Irish higher educational system …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Why should the taxpayer fund misogyny in our universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women in Irish universities make up 51% of those at lecturer level (the entry level for academic posts) but only 24% of those at full professorial level (the highest academic level). There has been an average of 1% increase per annum in women at full professorial level since 2013 …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Gender equality in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We had the report on gender equality in NUI Galway (2016). We had the Higher Education Authority’s National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education (2016). The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has publicly accepted that gender inequality is a problem …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 7 November]

[The 2016 Report is here]

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‘I’m not married, don’t have kids and don’t play golf’: Limerick professor opposed to compulsory retirement

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Emeritus Professor said forcing people to retire from the public sector at a set age is ‘discriminatory’ and should be made optional as life expectancy increases …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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World university rankings need to factor in gender equality – expert

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gender equality should be incorporated in world university rankings, leading specialist Prof Pat O’Connor has said. Prof O’Connor, who is a member of the Higher Education Authority’s third-level gender equality review group, said that …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 4 December]

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UL tops gender equality table for academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Women academics seeking gender equality among staff at Irish universities have ranked University of Limerick as the best performer in promoting women. NUI Galway (NUIG) is at the bottom of the table, published on the eve of a conference at NUIG on gender equality on Friday …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Gender Inequality Conference on Dec 4th

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society) is pleased to announce that the group is holding a GENDER InEQUALITY Conference on Friday, December 4th from 9:30 am to 6 pm in the Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 23 November]

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University management a man’s world, survey reveals

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“Less than one in five senior management posts in Irish public universities are held by women because they lack ambition and political skills, and their lifestyles are ‘unhelpful’, a study has found …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Universities focus on ‘fixing the women’ rather than system to improve gender balance in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2014 by steve

“University managers believe women themselves are primarily responsible for the gender imbalance in higher education, according to research published today. University of Limerick sociology professor Pat O’Connor said she surveyed 34 senior managers in universities here …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Academia is still a man’s world

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“Though improvements have been made in some employment sectors, third-level education remains a bastion of old-fashioned gender values. Al McConnell writes …” (more)

[The Edition, 14 February]

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