Friday 24 January 2020

NUI Galway told to bring in gender quotas

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Caroline Crawford

NUI Galway has welcomed recommendations that it implement mandatory gender quotas to ensure more female academics are promoted to senior posts.

A taskforce set up at the university last year after it lost an equality case, made 23 recommendations on gender equality.

It includes the recommendation that mandatory gender quotas be put in place to increase the number of women in senior posts.

While half of all lecturer posts at the university are currently held by women, less than one-third of senior lecturers are female and only 10pc at associate professor level.

The draft report was issued by chair of the Taskforce, Prof Jane Grimson, to the university community. The final report will be presented to the Governing Authority next month.

The Task Force was established by the University in February 2015 after the college lost an equality case taken by Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.

She welcomed the recommendations, adding: "It is great that NUI Galway have recognised they have to address the appalling situation for women in the university by implementing mandatory quotas for promotion rounds and the suggested way to do it is excellent."

However, she urged that the policy be implemented for all staff - and not just academics.

A spokesperson for NUI, Galway said it has already introduced a series of recommendations from a preliminary report presented by the taskforce last June.

This includes the appointment of a dedicated Vice President for Equality and Diversity.

Irish Independent

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