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Tackling Persistent Under-representation of Women in Senior Academic Posts

Statistics on gender representation in senior posts across the third level sector, released through the Higher Education Authority, confirm a persistent gender gap across the sector in Ireland. Notably, recent coverage of the issue in the Irish Times notes that:

"The gender divide is most pronounced in NUI Galway where almost four in every five (79 per cent) senior academic staff members are male and where women account for just 13 per cent of associate professors and 14 per cent of professors." (Click here to read the article).

The HEA statistics further underline the wider significance of the recent finding of the Equality Tribunal that Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington had been discriminated against by NUI Galway on gender grounds when the university failed to promote her to Senior Lecturer (click here to read the Irish Times article).

A Dec. 10th meeting of NUI Galway based members of Gender ARC expressed deep concern about the finding of gender-based discrimination at the university and looks forward to concrete action by the University to effectively address NUI Galway's poor record of promoting qualified women to senior posts.


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