A Demonstration will take place this Wednesday 25th of February at 2.30 pm in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway.
The demonstration will take place outside an Academic Council meeting which is the chief academic authority at the university and is 81% MALE. There is a motion before the council to support the promotion of the 5 women and we want to show that 81% male is not a statistic that staff or students will stand for any longer.
Though the campaign for change at NUI Galway has received widespread support from staff and students, has been endorsed by the student’s union, 33 student societies, as well as SIPTU and IFUT the university has continued to show blatant disregard for the calls for transparency and accountability.
It has now appointed the head of a task force, which is widely believed to be related to a government requirement that all universities seek the Athena Swan award for the advancement of female academics in the science and engineering fields.
However, in a move that is reminiscent of its approach towards promotions, there has been a complete lack of transparency regarding the appointing of the task force and its remit. It seems that its members are to be appointed by the university management itself, despite frequent requests from unions for representation and demands from this campaign that it be staffed by independent voices. Furthermore, it appears that the parameters of investigation will also be set by the university management.
Since the last demonstration the university has yet to provide any commitment or offer any proposal for resolving the outstanding issue of 5 unpromoted female lecturers who have taken cases in the high court despite indicating that it is open to an ‘amicable’ solution.
The academic council, which is the chief academic authority in the university, has a proposal before it to promote the 5 women. It is hoped that this will be carried though it is very unlikely given that the academic council itself is 81% male and contains all of the men promoted in the highly disputed and ‘ramshackle’ promotion rounds of 2009 and 2014 in which both the 5 women and Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington were denied promotion.
The university seems to believe that the campaign for Gender Equality in NUI Galway does not have the widespread support of staff and students. This is your chance to show that you care about transparency and accountability in NUI Galway
Turn out on Wednesday to show your support! and bring your friends!
There will be a great surprise in store!
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