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Professor Pat O’Connor of the University of Limerick will be one of two keynote speakers at the conference.

The Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society) is pleased to announce that the group is holding  a GENDER InEQUALITY Conference on Friday, December 4th from 9:30 am to 6 pm in the Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway.

Professor Pat O’Connor of the University of Limerick, an expert on gender equality, will talk about ‘Gender Inequality in Universities: The Problem is Women?’ from 1-2 pm as the first keynote speaker. 

Dr Kelly Coate, Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London, will deliver the second keynote talk, titled ‘Researching Women in Higher Education: The Personal and the Political’, from 4-5 pm. 

Tina-Karen Pusse and Jennifer Woods, organisers of the conference, had this to say about the event:

After a very turbulent year, it’s about time to reflect on the current situation of women, (not only)  in academia, but also in other sectors of the institution. The Gender, Discourses and Identities Group of Gender ARC aims to bring about an open, inclusive discussion about strategies of empowerment and areas of challenge. The conference is free and everybody is welcome.

The rest of the schedule for the conference, which will be held from 9:30 am to 6 pm, is listed below. All talks will be in the Hardiman Building (new wing beside Library) in Seminar Room GO 10, on the ground floor, except for the two plenary talks (Pat O’Connor at 1 pm and Kelly Coate at 4 pm), which will be in the big Lecture Theatre AM250 in the nearby Arts Millennium building.


9.30-10.00 Welcome & Opening Address


Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, NUIG


10.00-10.30 Campaigning against Discrimination at NUI Galway


Maggie Ronayne

SIPTU equality committee, NUIG

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington,

10.30-11.00 The Age of Anxiety – Postgraduate Experiences Mary McGill, Feminist Society, NUIG
11.00-11.30 The value of women’s networks: NUI Galway and the University Women’s Network


Aoife Cooke, Pat Morgan, Rachel Hilliard,Lorraine McIlrath, Shivaun Quinlivan
11:30-12:00 Panel Discussion Chair: Tina-Karen Pusse
12.00-1.00 LUNCH
1.00-2.00 Keynote 1 (AM250)

Gender Inequality in Universities: The Problem is women?


Pat O’Connor, University of Limerick

2.00-2.15 Short COMFORT BREAK
2.15-3.00 Casualisation and Gender

“Not one of the family”: Women and Precarity in Irish Academia


Theresa O’ Keefe, Aline Courtois, Jennifer Woods, Third Level Workplace Watch


3.00-3.30 Perspectives of

Non-Academic Staff –

Laura O’Connor, NUIG
3.30-4.00 COFFEE BREAK (SIPTU & IFUT representatives will be available for chats)
4.00-5.00 Keynote 2 (AM250)

Researching Women in Higher Education: the Personal and the Political

Kelly Coate,

Kings College London

5.00-6.00 Open Plenary Session Chair: Jennifer Woods



You can also find the full programme by clicking on the following link:




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