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
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.