Bite Size Facts to Question the University on

  • Only 13% of professors are women. The lowest percentage at any Irish University. Only 30% of senior lecturers are women. The lowest percentage at any Irish University. But 54% of college lecturers are women. The highest percentage at any Irish University.

(figures from HEA report 2014)

  • According to recent HEA figures NUI Galway has the lowest percentage of women in senior posts of any Irish university. While an EU report showed only one European country worse than Ireland: Malta, which only has one university.

Thus NUI Galway is one of the worst universities in Europe for female representation in senior posts.

  • At NUI Galway the President is a man, the Registrar is a man, the Deans of Science, Arts, Business, Engineering and Medicine are men. The Directors of all five principal research institutes are men. There is only one senior academic role held by a woman, considered by some to be the least important: Dean of Postgraduate Studies.
  • At the last promotion round for senior lecturer 54% of college lecturers were women, 49% of those who applied were women and 51% of those who were shortlisted and deemed eligible were women, but only 32% of those actually promoted were women.

The President said this result shows there is no longer a problem at NUI Galway with gender discrimination in promotions.

Do you agree?

  • At the second last round of promotions for senior lecturer only 1 woman was promoted from 17 applicants while 16 men were promoted from 32 applicants. NUI Galway reviewed its promotion system but did not promote any of the women. When one of them, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, took her case to the Equality Tribunal she won. The President accepted the verdict unreservedly but has still done nothing about the other five women shortlisted but not promoted, some of whom were ranked above Dr Sheehy Skeffington.
  • NUI Galway, like all universities, is self-governing. The Irish government has no direct control over it.

But the president has responded to the publicity about the discrimination against women in promotions at NUI Galway by calling on the government to do something about it.

Is he trying to pass the buck?

  •  When Dr Mary Dempsey returned from maternity leave plus some sick leave she was told she could no longer serve as college lecturer but as a university teacher. NUI Galway’s equality board saw no problem with this but when she took her case to the Equality Tribunal she won.

Of course she did!

But now the university has appealed the ruling.

Why do you think the equality officer at NUIG saw no discrimination in what happened to Mary Dempsey?

Why do you think the university is appealing the case behind closed doors while sending out press releases about its commitment to tackling gender discrimination?

Its time to stand up and put an end to these stone age practices. Have your say, Contact the President and demand change 


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