NUI Galway have informed Micheline Sheehy Skeffington that they will be punishing her recent decision to reveal information regarding the university’s gender equality record in an email to all staff by suspending her university email account.
Dr. Sheehy Skeffington says that she only done this in response to a document on gender equality sent to all staff by the university which implied there was nothing wrong with the 08/09 promotions round.
According to Dr. Sheehy Skeffington the information she highlighted is available to any member of staff through the University website . A table in the email listed each of the men and women shortlisted for promotion in 2008/9 and showed their current promotion status. 23 men were shortlisted in 2008/9, one is now a College Dean, 11are Professors, and all but 2 of the rest are Senior Lecturers. Despite there being more women than men in the position of College Lecturer, only 7 women were shortlisted in 2008/9 and only 1 was promoted to Senior Lecturer. None of those women have been promoted since, except for Micheline after she won a case at the Equality Tribunal.
Dr. Sheehy Skeffington feels strongly that the university is eager to silence her before any more damaging information is revealed. This would add to the already embarrassing revelations that one of the men promoted was ineligible to even apply and that another did not have a PhD. This however, is believed to be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the shady business of promotions at NUIG