Written answers

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Staff

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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202. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific thematic areas within the sciences and humanities that will be funded further to the announcement of women-only professorships; and the funding agency that will be tasked with the cost of this policy. [47787/18]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative for the Higher Education sector, a total of 45 new and additional female-specific senior academic positions will be created. This initiative responds to the significant under representation of women at this level in the sector. These posts would be provided in disciplines where there is clear evidence of significant female gender under-representation, and will be funded through the Higher Education Authority.

A key requirements from the Higher Education Institutions in securing support under the Initiative will be a demonstration that gender equality objectives and targets are being successfully prioritised to achieve real organisational and cultural change.


PJ Coleman
Posted on 22 Nov 2018 6:11 pm (Report this comment)

So only the HEIs who are doing a god job at gender equality objectives will get these special women-only professors.
In other words, the poor performers won't be helped and won't therefore improve.
Does this make sense?

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