HEA report nails Irish universities on need to promote academic women

The HEA expert committee’s review of gender equality in Irish higher education published its report yesterday. The report is excellent! The committee, chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn recommends that future funding should be conditional on universities successfully addressing their poor record on promoting women. You can read the report here:

http://www.hea.ie/sites/default/files/hea_review_of_gender_equality_in_irish_higher_education.pdf

Media coverage of the report again highlighted how NUI Galway is the worst of all the Irish universities for promoting women to senior posts. That is also excellent!

The Irish Times, which devoted half a page to the report on Monday, with three articles, also mentioned the need to resolve the outstanding court cases at NUI Galway.  Which makes it three times excellent!! Here are the Irish Times articles:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/universities-face-funding-cuts-if-they-fail-to-promote-more-women-1.2701638

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/the-great-divide-why-are-there-so-few-senior-female-academics-1.2700864

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/third-level-institutions-face-targets-for-women-in-senior-posts-1.2700861

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington welcomed the report in a letter published in the Irish Times today, Tuesday 29th June. In it she emphasised the need for the HEA to publish annual statistics measuring the position of women which are robust so that we can all monitor whether their promises are fullfilled. Her letter refers to the facts regarding the Irish Glass Ceiling Index that we reveal in the post following this one. Here is her letter:

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/academia-and-gender-equality-1.2703047

 

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