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Coming soon: 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Trinity College, Dublin 20 - 22 August, 2018.
June: “Athena SWAN: Driving Gender Equality in Irish Universities” Talk & Networking Lunch
March: International Women's Week: Women in Research Panel Discussion
LERU Launch Event: "Implicit bias in academia" - 18 January, 9-11 am
On 18 January 2018, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) will present its new advice paper, entitled "Implicit bias in academia: a challenge to the meritocratic principle and to women’s careers– and what to do about it”. https://www.leru.org/calendar/launch-event-implicit-bias-in-academia-a-challenge-to-the-meritocratic-principle-and-to-womens-careers-and-what-to-do-about-it
The Round Table has been published in the AboutGender – International Journal of Gender Studies website:http://www.aboutgender.unige.it/index.php/generis
About Gender is a peer-reviewed international journal. Access to contents is free but subject to compulsory registration. The registration aims both to monitor the accesses and to provide information to registered users.
Link to the Round Table on the Journal website: http://www.aboutgender.unige.it/index.php/generis/login?source=%2Findex.php%2Fgeneris%2Farticle%2Fview%2F488%2F499 (after registering to the journal).
The 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme will open on Monday 4th December 2017 for applications. Five outstanding female early-career scientists will be awarded a bursary of £15,000.
The fellowship awards are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences.
Your help is requested to encourage as many applicants as possible to apply online at www.womeninscience.co.uk by the deadline of 16th February 2018
This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.
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Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today, has announced that Ireland will host the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, with the newly launched Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (TCGEL) set to play a leading role in its organisation.
This is the first occasion that this major biennial conference will be held in Ireland. It will bring together hundreds of gender equality practitioners, researchers and administrators from Europe and beyond. The conference provides an international forum to discuss and exchange information and experiences on the challenges related to gender in academia, gender equality promotion and interventions in higher education and research institutions.
Professor Eileen Drew, Director of TCGEL, said: “Themes covered in previous conferences have reflected contemporary European and host country concerns with a view to identifying new developments and innovative solutions to persistent shared problems of inequalities in higher education and research.”
“Many currently timely topics have been addressed. For example, in the first conference held in 1998, topics like sexual harassment and bullying in universities, and LGTB issues, were key topics. Sadly these topics bear revisiting in 2018.”
With gender equality so actively on the Irish agenda in the HEI landscape, through the entry of Athena SWAN into Irish HEIs and the HEA Review and monitoring, Ireland is well placed to showcase advances toward gender equality at third level and highlight the sector in Ireland as a 'good place to work' and to study.
New Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education is launched
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education (6th November 2017) has announced the establishment of a Gender Equality Taskforce.
The Minister has appointed this high level taskforce to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders.
The Task force will also oversee a national systems review of the recruitment and promotion policies and practices currently in place in higher education institutions, with a view to identifying good-practice and highlighting areas that need improvement. This will feed into the development of actions for the action plan.
For full press release see here.
The Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership was officially launched on Wednesday 11th October at Regent House, TCD, with a special address by Dr Mary Robinson, Chancellor of the University of Dublin: "Gender and Climate Change - The need for Women's Leadership". She was welcomed by the Provost.
Equality and Diversity in Higher Education
ArbeiterKind.de and the University of Giessen hosted the 26th Annual Conference of the European Access Network (EAN) from 20 to 22 September 2017. Under the title of “Sharing stories of empowerment: Creating new strategies for diversity and inclusion in higher education” the conference invited international practitioners, academics and other interested participants to attend workshops, lectures, plenums and open spaces to discuss equality and diversity in higher education. As one of the keynote speakers, Professor Eileen Drew of Trinity College Dublin took gender as her main focus, and spoke on “Turning gaps into GEPs (gender equality plans): Lessons for equality and diversity from Trinity College Dublin”.
For a preview of her address click here: "Turning gaps into Gender Equality Plans: Lessons for Equality and Diversity from Trinity college Dublin".
European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) talk to Prof Eileen Drew, Director of TCGEL, in September's Interview of the Month.
Read more here http://epws.org/interview-of-the-month-tcgel/
Advancing Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions: Launch of Higher Education Institutional Profiles by Gender: HEA publishes 2016 gender-disaggregated data on the staffing of Irish higher education institutions
A year on from the publication of the Report of the Expert Group: HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (June 2016), the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has published the second iteration of the Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender, presenting gender-disaggregated data for 2016 on the leadership, governance, management and staffing of the universities, affiliated colleges and the institutes of technology, along with updated 3-year-average data (for 2014–2016) on the gender-breakdown of professors, associate professors, senior lecturers and lecturers. Read more here
New Trinity Policy and Guidelines for supporting staff who are breastfeeding
Now published to the HR website: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/assets/pdf/procedure-equality-breastfeeding.pdf
“Athena SWAN: Driving Gender Equality in Irish Universities” Talk & Networking Lunch, Tuesday 6th June 2017
Guest Speaker Professor Rob de Bruin, UCL, talked about co-leading his department’s effort on Athena SWAN for the past eight years, and implementing their vision of #simplygoodpractice: “Where something is not fair or can be even better, we work to change it“
For more information see here