NUIG above av­er­age for pro­mo­tion of women

Irish Independent - - News - 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.

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