Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Women in Leadership Seminar

“Leading a university through times of significant change”

The Vice President for Equality and Diversity and the NUI Galway Athena Swan SAT are delighted to announce the inaugural

NUI Galway/Athena Swan Women in Leadership Seminar

Our inaugural speaker is:

Professor Kristin Ingólfsdóttir, University of Iceland

Prof Ingólfsdóttir was the first woman to become Rector of the University of Iceland.

She served two 5 year terms: 2005 – 2015.

The inaugural seminar will be held on Oct 3rd 2017, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Venue: THB-G011 Seminar Room, Hardiman Building


Location: THB-G011, Hardiman Building, NUI Galway    
Time: 12:30

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Managing Working Parents Training

The Office of the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity would like to invite Line Managers to  

attend a training workshop on:

‘Managing Working Parents’

11 October 2017

10:00 – 12:00  OR  2:00 – 4:00

AS203 The River Room, Arts & Science Building, NUI Galway

Funded by the HEA to promote Athena Swan and Facilitated by Mumager

Supporting working parents, particularly in the transition from maternity, adoptive, or long-term carer leave back to work, can be a tricky time for line managers.  A one-size solution doesn’t fit everyone.  This interactive and pacey session looks at best practice and how to manage working parents before, during, and after leave.

Please register for the workshop under the Professional Skills Courses


Location: AS203 The River Room    
Time: 10:00 and 2:00

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Ramp Up Workshop

If you are due to return, or have recently returned, from maternity/adoptive leave please note that you are invited to attend a one day programme called “Ramp-up” for small groups (6 – 15 approx.) to help prepare and support you adjusting back to the workplace.

The Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity is working with the assistance of a Dublin-based organisation called Mumager: www.mumager.ie Mumager works with employers and new parents returning to work following maternity / adoptive leave.

The workshop focuses on giving practical tips and support in a number of areas such as setting boundaries, managing guilt, increasing confidence, and building resilience.

When: Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Where: THB-G011 Hardiman Building

Register your place on the workshop here

Location: THB-G011, Hardiman Building, NUI Galway    
Time: 9:30

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Innovation at Play

Innovation at Play Conference, NUI Galway


Innovation at Play is a one day experiential symposium which focuses on exploring play for the purpose of innovation. Taking place on the 26th of October, 2017 the event is open to staff of NUI Galway, students, industry partners and professionals to learn how to let their imagination guide their creativity.

The symposium is a time-out for everyone to pause, reflect and play and to think about how their study and work can be enhanced by being more open to all forms of innovation.

One highlight of the day will be a one woman live interactive show at 2pm, titled Ada.Ada.Ada. which tells the story of Ada Lovelace, who wrote the world’s first complex algorithm in 1843.

Review the programme and Register for the inaugural Innovation at Play symposium at: http://innovation.launchpadnuig.com 


Location: Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building    
Time: 9:00

Friday, 10 November 2017

LGBT+ Staff Network Coffee Morning

The LGBT+ Staff Network would like to invite all those interested in the Network to attend a coffee morning on Friday, Nov 10th from 10:30 in Sult Bar.

Location: Sult Bar    
Time: 10:30

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Athena SWAN Workshop

Athena SWAN Charter logo

The Athena SWAN Institutional Self-Assessment Team (SAT) wish to invite all staff to join them for a facilitated workshop, including round table discussion, on the current draft Athena SWAN Action Plan.  The workshop will focus on developing and strengthening the Action Plan for a future submission. 

DATE: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TIME:  12:30 to 2:30, lunch provided

VENUE: Aula Maxima (ground floor) 

Please RSVP by 5pm, Nov 10 to Athenaswan@nuigalway.ie

 If you cannot attend, your feedback on the Action Plan can still be provided by email to: Athenaswan@nuigalway.ie

 The draft Athena SWAN Action Plan can be viewed on the OVPED website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/genderequality/athenaswan/submission/

 NUI Galway is committed to the Athena SWAN Gender Equality Charter.  As a part of this commitment the SAT was formed to work on the University’s application for an Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation. The April 2017 application was unsuccessful, however the SAT welcome the detailed feedback from Athena SWAN and continue to act on it.

 A key element of the University’s application is the development of a detailed SMART  action plan to address the key issues identified and embed the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter into the institution. The SAT welcome your input into maximising the plan's impact.

 We look forward to working with you on Tuesday Nov 14th

Location: Aula Maxima (Ground Floor)    
Time: 12:30 to 2:30

Monday, 5 March 2018

International Women's Week 2018

International Womens Week 2018 banner

The Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity, in collaboration with the University Women's Network and the LGBT+ Staff Network, invite you to join us in a week long schedule of events to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th.

The outline of events is below, along with the relevant registration information. If you have any further questions please contact us at VPequalityanddiversity@nuigalway.ie.

Dignity at Work: Equality & Diversity Training

Monday March 5th

This ½ day workshop aims to provide all employees with an understanding of the key concepts of Dignity at Work, of how to address conflict informally at work, what is meant by inappropriate behaviours at work, and what they should do if they either experience or witness these types of behaviour at work, and their responsibilities as individuals to promote a workplace where respect for the dignity of every employee is maintained.

Please register here. This training is also available again on March 12th.

Facilitator: Michelle Halloran, Human Resource Management Services

13:30 – 16:30, Venue THB-G011 Hardiman Building


Daughter of the Dagda Art Exhibit

Launch Tuesday March 6th

In association with the NUI Galway School of Medicine, and in anticipation of International Women’s Day, an art exhibition entitled 'Daughter of the Dagda'*  will take place in the foyer of the Arts Millennium Building on the NUI Galway campus, launching on Tuesday March 6th, 2018 at 3pm.

In this multimedia exhibition nine women artists will explore the manner in which the female and the feminine have been portrayed in Irish mythology and iconography, from pre-Christian Ireland to the present day, and will examine how the exclusion of the female from positions of power and influence in religious circles has been mirrored by society in general, contributing to the lowly status of the female point of view and of the feminine side of human nature and to the persistence of a patriarchal framework in modern society.

The participating artists are Fiona Cawley, Patsy Connolly, Eleanor Duggan, Kaye Maahs, Hilary Morley, Regina O’Dea, Noreen O’Sullivan, Patricia Timmons and Rachel Varden.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday, March 6th to Friday, March 30th.  The official launch will take place on Tuesday, March 6th at 3pm in the foyer of the Arts Millennium Building. All are welcome.

The ‘Daughter of the Dagda’ exhibition was originally hosted by KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts) at The Courthouse, Kinvara in February, 2017. This year’s exhibition will expand on the theme and, while including much of the original work, will also feature some new artwork.

For further information please contact Patricia Timmons at 0876972226 patricia.tmmns@gmail.com  or Hilary Morley 0868467872 hilarymorley@gmail.com.

*The title ‘Daughter of the Dagda’ refers to Brigit, the Triple Goddess of Healing, Poetry and Smithwork, a powerful icon in early Ireland and well known all over Europe in the early part of the first millennium. The Goddess Brigit was transformed into a saint with the arrival of Christianity in Ireland around the fifth century. Saint Brigit was also very much associated with healing and was said to have exercised some power in the early Christian church, setting up her own monastery and reputedly being ordained as a bishop.

15:00, Venue Arts Millennium Foyer


“Work & Love: Supporting your mental health in college and at home”

Mental Health Workshop

Wednesday March 7th

“One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love.”

(Tolstoy, letter to Valerya Aresenyev, November 9, 1856) 

Many psychologists, including Erik Erikson, felt that happiness comes down to the ability to work well and love well. However, many of us feel that it is the demands of work and home, and the conflicts between these demands, that leave us feeling stressed and anxious.

This short lunchtime workshop will focus on the experience of anxiety in the context of balancing home and work life. This seminar will draw on Prof Gary Donohoe’s experience as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working with adults at various stages of life. The focus of the workshop will be on building an understanding of the typical thoughts, feelings, and behaviours associated with various forms of anxiety. The workshop will be experiential, with attendees invited to join in on a small number of activities, and learning some practical steps for coping with the anxiety and stress we all encounter.

Lunch will be provided. Please register here.

Facilitator: Prof Gary Donohoe, School of Psychology

12:30 – 14:00, Venue THB-G010 Hardiman Building


University Women's Network Presents

"Excellence in higher education through gender equality: a personal and professional reflection”

Keynote Address: Dr Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Thursday March 8th

Dr. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will join NUI Galway and the University Women’s Network in celebrating International Women’s Day with a talk on excellence founded in gender equality.

Throughout her career Dr. Geoghegan-Quinn has broken new legislative ground, exemplified authenticity, and shown confidence and strong purpose in the exercise of power. She has been a leader among women and men, becoming the first Irish woman to serve as an EU Commissioner when she was assigned the portfolio of Research, Innovation and Science in 2010.

During her parliamentary career which spanned from 1975 to 1997, Dr. Geoghegan-Quinn became Ireland's first female cabinet minister since the foundation of the State when she was appointed Minister for the Gaeltacht in 1979. She also served as Minister for Justice, Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications, Minister for European Affairs, and Minister of State in the Department of Education.

As EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science she pioneered the development and delivery of Horizon 2020, the world’s largest public research funding programme.

Most recently, she chaired the HEA Expert Group who conducted the extensive National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Expert Group reported in June 2016 producing a set of ambitious recommendations for HEIs which recognise that productivity cannot be maximized without full development of the workforce. The recommendations of the Review are driving further work by Universities to address gender equality.

Book your place for International Women’s Day 2018 - a University Women’s Network event

12:30 – 14:00, Venue Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building


LGBT+ Staff Network Presents

"Same sex relationships among Irish revolutionary women"

Speaker: Dr Mary McAuliffe

Friday March 9th

Dr. Mary McAuliffe will join NUI Galway and the LGBT+ Staff Network in rounding out the International Women’s Week celebrations on campus with a look into Irish women's history.

Dr. McAuliffe is Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD, specialising in Irish women's / gender history.  She lecturers on the UCD Women’s and Gender Studies programmes and is a member of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities at UCD.

She is the co-author on 'We were There: 77 Women of the Easter Rising' (Four Courts, 2016) and co-editor of 'Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising' (IHP, 2016). 'Richmond Barracks 1916: We were There, 77 Women of the Easter Rising' was chosen by Dublin Public Libraries as its book of the 2016 commemoration of the 1916 Rising.

She was President of the Women's History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and continues on as a committee member of the WHAI (https://womenshistoryassociation.com ). She was a member of the National Archives of Ireland Advisory Council (NAAC) (2012-17).  She is currently a committee member of the newly formed Irish Association of Professional Historians (www.iaph.ie), and is on the advisory panel of www.herstory.ie.

As well as publications she contributes to history documentaries, radio, tv, news media and has an active online presence at @MaryMcAuliffe4 and @Womenof1916 as well as contributing to @Kerry1916book.

Book your place here or contact lgbt@nuigalway.ie and please join us for a reception following the event.

16:00, Venue O'Donoghue Centre with refreshments following in the Corrib Room, Sult 

Location: NUI Galway    
Time: March 5-9 2018

Friday, 26 October 2018

Launch of 2017/18 EDI Report

2017/18 Equality Diversity and Inclusion report

Location: Moore Institute Seminar Rooms, Hardiman Research Building    
Time: 16:00