Thursday 22 February 2018

NUIG above average for promotion of women

NUI Galway
NUI Galway
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

NUI Galway is above the national average when it comes to promoting women to senior posts, a new study reveals.

In its progress report on Equality and Diversity published yesterday, the institution said 58pc of the 33 academics promoted to senior lecturer grades are women (19), compared with 42pc who are male (14).

The promotions mean that 40pc of its senior lecturers are now women - 4pc above the national average of 36pc cited in recent data by the Higher Education Authority.

The report shows the university is more than two years ahead of schedule in having women comprise 40pc of its senior academic staff by 2020.

Aoife Cooke, head of equal opportunities at the university, said: "There has been a campus-wide focus on gender equality and I'm pleased that we have seen greater numbers of women achieve promotion to senior lecturer posts."

The university also has a target to increase the percentage of female professors to 30pc by 2020.

Irish Independent

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