The higher education sector has a unique role to play in preventing sexual violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two weeks ago, ‘The PROPEL Report: Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions,’ was published. It was never anticipated that the publication would coincide with violent cases in both Ireland and abroad …” (more)

[Eavan O’Brien, Independent, 29 March]

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Minister Harris welcomes the publication of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) PROPEL Project report, towards tackling sexual harassment and violence in third level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today, Minister Harris said: ‘The preparation of the report was funded by my Department. In August 2020, I wrote to the Presidents of all publicly funded higher education institutions requesting that they develop and publish specific institutional action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment …'” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 March]

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Institutes of technology seek posts to deal with sexual violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology are seeking funding to create new posts dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. It is recommended in a report from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) dealing with consent and the prevention of sexual violence in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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Minister Harris launches 8 week campaign to help educate students and staff to deal with disclosures of sexual harassment and violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris has today launched an 8-week social media campaign aimed at helping education students and staff in higher education institutions manage disclosures of sexual harassment and violence …” (more)

[gov.ie, 1 March]

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Large Volume of Harassment Not Reported at UCD

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

Ireland“During a presentation to UCD’s Governing Authority in October, university officials revealed new figures demonstrating a dramatic increase in complaints. These figures show that incidents of harassment and sexual misconduct have been largely underreported at UCD …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 20 January]

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‘I don’t ever want to ever, ever, ever, hear a story like Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s again in an Irish institution’ – Simon Harris

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

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said there cannot be a repeat of a sexual harassment case like academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s if universities are to receive increased funding. Mr Harris said Irish institutions needed to do more to tackle sexual harassment …” (more)

[Independent, 30 December]

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Colleges spend €230,000 on fees after sexual harassment claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities have spent more than €230,000 investigating, settling, and seeking legal advice after allegations of sexual harassment on campuses were made over the past five years …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 27 December]

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Education around consent should be a requirement, not an option in third level institutions – Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A survey is set to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the country’s higher education institutions. The survey, which will look into harassment and bullying of both staff and students, was confirmed by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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Minister Harris confirms survey into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students in higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has confirmed a survey is to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of both staff and students in our higher education institutions …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 26 November]

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Colleges must report annual bullying and sexual harassment figures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD is to announce on Thursday that higher education institutions will be required to record and report these statistics annually from now on …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Sexual abuse at English and Welsh universities ‘a public scandal’ – study

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2020 by steve

“An estimated 50,000 incidents of sexual abuse or harassment take place in universities in England and Wales every year, according to research, which accuses the sector of failing to adequately address what is ‘fast becoming a public scandal’ …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 19 November]

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Rape, groping, and ‘revenge porn’: Sexual disclosures by UCD students

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

Ireland“A students’ union welfare officer at University College Dublin (UCD) received some 350 disclosures of harassment and assault in one academic year at the university. Melissa Plunkett was welfare officer at UCD for the academic year 2018-2019. The 363 incidents disclosed to her by other students mostly took place during this time …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 3 October]

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UCD Receives Gender Equality Award Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has received an Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award for its work towards gender equality, despite recent criticism concerning sexual misconduct towards its female academics. UCD first received the institutional award in 2017, which was renewed this month …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 30 September]

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UCD sexual abuse; reform must address ordinary management and personal integrity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is a startling lacuna at the core of reactions to the abuse of a young staff member at UCD. Emphasis is on the system, while there is emptiness where ordinary people would expect to find personal integrity. All the talk is of systems, organisations, policies and procedures, culture, training etc. Unfortunately it’s a familiar type of talk in Ireland where any curse-of-God excuse or fig leaf will do to avoid holding anyone – any real, live, breathing person – responsible …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 22 September]

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Staff and students condemn UCD sexual harassment procedures

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Saturday September 5th 2020, The Irish Times published an article exposing the two years of harassment Dr Aoibheann Ní Shuilleabháin had suffered in UCD at the hands of a fellow professor. Dr Ní Shuilleabháin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics & Statistics, where she is director of the BSc Science, Mathematics & Education programmes in the College of Science …” (more)

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 22 September]

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Active Consent toolkit launched for third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris have launched a new Active Consent toolkit for third-level institutions in Ireland to tackle sexual harassment on campuses around the country. Earlier this year, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) published the findings of a survey on the prevalence of sexual harassment in Irish colleges …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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Third Level Institutions – Harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents of bullying, intimidation or harassment including sexual harassment reported in each of the past five years to date in third-level institutions; the extent to which such allegations were investigated; the action taken arising therefrom; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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During Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s harassment, I was alerting UCD to problems on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I woke early last Saturday morning, ready for coffee and newspapers to gently ease into the day. I have not been the same since. Dumbfounded reading Una Mullally’s account in The Irish Times of Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s harassment by a senior academic in UCD, I was horrified to read of what my young colleague had endured …” (more)

[Marie Keenan, Irish Times, 12 September]

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UCD president defends college’s handling of sexual harassment case

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s president, Prof Andrew Deeks, has faced strong criticism of the university’s handling of the Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin sexual harassment case from members of its governing authority, The Irish Times has learned …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Mark Hilliard and Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 12 September]

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An end to bullying?

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

Ireland“I wonder if the virtualisation of the campus workplace is having much of an impact on levels of bullying. Interestingly, the French language doesn’t have a word for plain old bullying. Sexual bullying translates as ‘harcèlement sexuel’, which is fair enough …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 11 September]

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