National University of Ireland (Galway) say 40% of senior lecturers are female.

After some years of gender issues at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), a report has shown that 40% of senior lecturers are women.

The report comes after several incidents of gender discrimination cases which were carried out against the university by female staff recently.

With this percentage of female representation, the university is now above the national average for women at senior level.

The report also showed that the most senior positions of NUIG Professors were only filled by 13% female. This amount is among the lowest in the educational sector.

After several incidents of high-profile gender discrimination, a taskforce was put in place to address gender issues at the university. The Equality Tribunal investigated the case of Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, and revealed that she had been discriminated against when she had applied for a position in 2009.

Since that incident, a total of five further women have placed discrimination cases in action against the university.

NUIG has recently made public their intentions on the latest lecturer promotion scheme. 33 lecturers have advanced through this scheme, of which 19 were women and 14 were men.

The target of the NUIG was to have made an increase of female lecturers of 40% by April 2020. They say that they have reached this target before time. The second target was to increase female senior lecturers by 2020 to 30%.

There are other steps that the NUIG is taking to ensure better relationships in gender issues. One of these steps is to include the establishment of task groups for access and disability, and cultural diversity.

The taskforce is looking into the formation of an LGBT network, and investigating the response from the Gender Equality Action Plan.

The NUIG point out that their main priority in the future years must be to further the programme for achieving gender equality in the Galway area.

The Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity recently made a statement that NUI Galway 'is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity'. They believe that it is vital to not only create, but also sustain an environment which celebrates, and values the diversity of the student body, and the staff members of the university.

The core values of the university include equality of opportunity, and the Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity (which was established in 2016), has set itself the responsibility for taking the lead in promoting all aspects of diversity in the university.

The NUIG aims to become one of the best universities in the world for students to work and study, and to achieve this goal the ambitions of all students and staff must be harnessed and adopted, even though perspectives may differ.

Professor Anne Scott, vice president for equality and diversity at NUIG stated that the university, as well as the community are moving forward to ensure that all forms of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion become a part of the every day routine across the university campus.


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