Just 20pc of professors are women
ONLY one in five professors in Irish universities are women.
The number is unacceptably low and represents persistent gender segregation, according to the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).
Across the seven universities, women hold only 19pc of professor posts and 26pc at associate professor level.
IFUT deputy general secretary Joan Donegan said if women were not equally considered for leadership positions, and fairly represented, then half the population was being effectively excluded from decision-making forums.
Speaking at a major conference in Dublin, organised by Education International, she said family-friendly policies that honoured professional excellence and opportunity, for men and women, were key to improving academics' lives.