Wednesday 19 June 2019

Former lecturer who won €70k gender discrimination case urges college staff to join her in protest

Dr Micheline Sheeky Skeffington
Dr Micheline Sheeky Skeffington

Caroline Crawford

A former lecturer who won a discrimination case against NUI, Galway is to hold a protest tomorrow seeking greater movement on gender issues.

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington is urging other NUIG staff to join her at the Galway campus at lunchtime to call for a greater level of gender equality within the college.

Dr Sheehy Skeffington, who took early retirement from her post as a botany lecturer in the college earlier this year, has been invited by president of the university Dr Jim Browne to assist in improving its policies and procedures.

While she is willing to take up the offer, the botanist states she has three conditions for working with NUI, Galway.

Firstly she has called on the university to promote five other women, who were overlooked for promotion along with Dr Sheehy Skeffington.

She has also called on the university to admit that a subsequent round of promotions in 2014 was “flawed”. And she called on the college to increase the numbers of senior female lecturers to mirror the numbers of men in such posts.

Dr Sheehy Skeffington took a successful case to the Equality Tribunal that she had been discriminated on grounds of gender.

She was awarded €70,000 compensation which she last week announced she would use to help the five other female academics pursue their own case.

The University accepted the ruling of the Equality Tribunal and is in the process of setting up a Task Force to review its practices with regard to gender equality.

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