Galway Bay FM News (July 31, 2015): NUI GALWAY RESOLUTE AFTER MISSING OUT ON GENDER EQUALITY AWARD

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway says it plans to act on detailed feedback from the Athena SWAN gender equality programme.

The university has failed to be recognised by the Athena SWAN awards, which reward academic institutions for their efforts to ensure gender equality.

Dr Michelene Sheehy Skeffington says NUI Galway should never have applied for the award.

A gender equality taskforce was set up last year following an Equality Tribunal ruling which found that botanist Dr Sheehy Skeffington had been discriminated against in a 2008-2009 promotions round.

Dr Sheehy Skeffington told NewsBreak that the university shouldn’t have applied for the award.

In a statement to NewsBreak, NUI Galway says it’s received detailed feedback from Athena SWAN on the strengths and weaknesses of its application.

NUI Galway has commended the award recipients, Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick.

It says it’s confident that by acting on the feedback received, it can strenghten its application for a future submission.

Dr Michelene Sheehy Skeffington says if this is to happen, more transparency is needed.

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