EMS: Engineering, maths and sexism

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Usually, when one thinks of sexism in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), one might think of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell being overlooked for the Nobel Prize, or the joke about Francis Bacon’s sister being behind his work, or Hedy Lamarr being remembered as a beautiful actress but not as a talented inventor …” (more)

[Molly McCrory, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Head of Law School Condemns Sexist Comments Made by Students in Module Evaluations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Head of Trinity’s Law School, Prof Oran Doyle, has condemned misogynistic remarks made by two students in anonymous module evaluation forms last year. In an email sent to all law students at the end of last term, Doyle described the comments as ‘unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 2 February]

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UCC cafe under fire after students brand latest advertising campaign as sexist

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A university campus cafe has been forced to remove its latest advertising after students described the signage as sexist. University College Cork, its students’ union, its Feminist Society, and individual students all objected to the pink signs erected in the college’s student centre …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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It’s All Looking Pretty Cheap Now, In Fairness

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2016 by steve

IrelandWhat’s Your Cup Size? ‘A campus café has been forced to remove its latest advertising after students described the signage as sexist’, writes the Irish Examiner. And describe it the students did …” (more)

[Ellen Desmond, Motley Magazine, 14 January]

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UCC Feminist Society ‘outraged’ by ‘disrespectful’ advertising

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCC Feminist Society are ‘outraged’ by the latest advertising campaign on campus. The Student Centre’s advertising campaign encourages students to use their ‘smartcard’ when paying for hot beverages with the slogan: ‘WHAT’S YOUR CUP SIZE?’ …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 January]

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Students furious over campus ad branding female cleavage ‘cheap-looking’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A group of students at University College Cork (UCC) have hit out at a campus advertising campaign featuring an outline of a woman with the tagline ‘cheap-looking’. The UCC Feminist Society said it was outraged …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 January]

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STEM Sexism Needs to Stop

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The kind of subtle, insidious sexism that is so widespread in STEM is hard to pin down – not because of any subtlety in how it manifests itself, but rather in the way we approach sexism in everyday life …” (more)

[Sarah Jennings, Trinity News, 30 November]

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I’ve spent my degree tiptoeing around sexist lecturers

Posted in Teaching on October 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I had two ideas for a dissertation. I weighed up pros and cons. One probably had more sources, the other was more straightforward; one was more controversial, the other was more unique; etc. My decision, however, came down to a single factor: there was a particular supervisor that I would probably be allocated for one of the topics …” (more)

[Clare Ní Cheallaigh, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Universities highlight gender-equality policies after sexism row

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, who ignited a debate over sexism in science with his comments about women at a conference last month, will not be reinstated as an honorary professor at University College London (UCL), the university has confirmed …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Nature, 10 July]

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Sexism is ‘rampant’ within Irish medicine

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

Ireland“Sexism is ‘rampant’ within the Irish medical profession, according to an academic and consultant who claims that senior women within the industry have advised junior doctors to turn a blind eye to the problem to safeguard their career prospects …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Why should men care about gender inequality?

Posted in Life on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gender inequality in academia has been at the centre of much attention lately. Figures from Irish universities show 53% of undergraduates but only 19% of professors are women. Various initiatives have been set up to combat this but there is resistance too …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Surgeon tells female trainees it’s best for their careers to comply with sexual advances

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A surgeon educated at Trinity College has been criticised over comments she made on Australian radio about sexual harassment in her field of work …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 March]

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50 shades of sexism in the academy

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

Scotland“In a blog post entitled We have come a long way but…, Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University with an interest in matters of equality and diversity, while recognising the success of the Athena project launched back in 1999 …” (more)

[Anna Notaro, University Blog, 5 March]

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Sexism remains an everyday challenge for female science students

Posted in Teaching on November 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“When Mieke Guinan, a second-year medicinal chemistry student and the current treasurer of the Dublin University Gender Equality Society (DUGES), finished a difficult maths assignment well before a deadline last year, her male colleagues couldn’t believe a woman had worked it out alone …” (more)

[Dylan Lynch, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Student chants: harmless rivalry or plain misogyny?

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2014 by steve

“Student chants, sexist ‘banter’, ‘stupid noises’ in class – and how such behaviour can be combated – were all up for discussion at Laddism and Higher Education, a symposium held in London last week …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 13 February]

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The sexist ‘laddism’ emanating from our universities

Posted in Life on March 8th, 2013 by steve

“Heckling and jibes about women’s looks at Glasgow University Union’s debating contest are sadly indicative of wider attitudes …” (more)

[Laura Bates, Guardian, 8 March]

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Sexist college events part III: Result!

Posted in Life on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“Last week I wrote a post about the UCC Tramps ball after receiving an email from a UCC student branding the event sexist. Opening the feminist.ie email yesterday, I was delighted to find the below email from the UCC equality officer …” (more)

[Feminist.ie, 17 February]

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Sexist college events, part II: University College Cork

Posted in Life on February 10th, 2011 by steve

“Looks like students at UCC and Trinity have equally poor taste when it comes to organising events …” (more)

[Feminist.ie, 9 February]

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Throw Them Out?

Posted in Legal issues on October 25th, 2010 by steve

“A recent post about a colleague’s postdoc who is disrespectful (in more than a casual way) to female postdocs, but not to female professors or students, attracted many comments, including some from those who felt that the postdoc should be immediately fired. I am curious about the demographics of those in the ‘fire him immediately’ camp vs. those in the ‘give him a chance to change’ camp …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 25 October]


File under – ‘Silly comments by middle-aged university managers’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Last week I was walking across the DCU campus when I came upon a frantic young man in a car who, as he told me, had an urgent appointment in the university but couldn’t find anywhere to park. On this occasion I was able to help him, but these days we have constant car parking issues. In his book, The Uses of the University, Clark Kerr, the late chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, suggested that a university president has three key tasks that the institution’s main stakeholders will expect to see achieved: ‘sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty’. Only the last of these, Kerr suggested, presented a problem …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 6 October]

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