Thursday 25 April 2019

Senior UCC lecturer fails to get injunction over decision not to shortlist her for job

University College Cork
University College Cork

Tom Tuite

A senior university lecturer has failed to get an injunction over a decision not to shortlist her in a competition for ten professorial positions.

Head of the management and marketing department, Dr Joan Buckley, claims the process engaged in by University College Cork to appoint ten professors at Cork University Business School was “tainted” and “flawed,” and should be set aside.

Ms Justice Miriam O'Regan refused her an injunction pending the hearing of her full proceedings over matter.

The judge said Dr Buckley believes she was sufficiently qualified to be shortlisted but the qualitative judgment as to who should be shortlisted was delegated exclusively to the selection committee.

"This court does not accept the proposition that because the selection committee views did not mirror the views of Dr Buckley then, by definition, the process was flawed," the judge said.

The court previously heard 260 people applied for the ten positions and 36 were shortlisted for interview.

Ms Justice O'Regan said there had been no material evidence to support a contractual right to promotion or be shortlisted save the internal promotional process which Dr Buckley chose not to pursue.

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