While acknowledging that our University must be proactive in tackling the issue of gender equality head on, we are also mindful that we share many challenges with other universities in Ireland and abroad. To put the issue in a wider context, we present here a timeline of recent events and key steps, as well as some figures on gender equality in higher education.

Gender Equality in Higher Education in Ireland and abroad

This is a broad cross-institutional issue, but we acknowledge that NUI Galway has significant steps to take to address the gender imbalance, particularly at senior levels, at the University.

  • Ireland: The average for Ireland is 19% female to 81% male professors (source: HEA data)
  • UK: In 2013/14, 22% of professors were female (source: HESA)
  • Sweden: In 2013, 24% of professors were female (source: KIF Committee, EU Commission)

% Female Established Professors at Irish universities

  • NUI Galway: 14%
  • TCD: 14%
  • UCC: 16%
  • DCU: 17%
  • UCD: 20%
  • Maynooth: 23%
  • UL: 31%

% Female Personal/Associate Professors at Irish universities

  • NUI Galway: 13%
  • Maynooth: 17%
  • UL: 17%
  • DCU: 24%
  • UCC: 25%
  • UCD: 27%
  • TCD: 45%

Source: HEA Report, December 2013

Ultimately we want to get to a position where all our staff have equal access to opportunity, irrespective of their gender, and that outcomes for women in terms of progression and promotion are equitable.

Previous Senior Lecturer Promotion Schemes at NUI Galway

2001/02 Promotion Scheme

24 applicants: 18 male, 6 female

19 shortlisted: 14 male, 5 female

10 successful: 6 male (60%), 4 female (40%)

33% of male applicants were successful

80% of female applicants were successful

2003/04 Promotion Scheme

26 applicants: 21 male, 5 female

21 shortlisted: 19 male, 2 female

14 successful: 12 male (85.7%), 2 female (14.3%)

57% of male applicants were successful

40% of female applicants were successful

2006/07 Promotion Scheme

35 applicants: 26 male, 9 female

26 shortlisted: 21 male, 5 female

20 successful: 16 male (80%), 4 female (20%)

62% of male applicants were successful

44% of female applicants were successful

2008/09 Promotion Scheme

47 applicants: 32 male, 15 female

30 shortlisted: 23 male, 7 female

17 successful: 16 male (94%), 1 female (6%)

50% of male applicants were successful

7% of female applicants were successful

2013/14 Promotion Scheme

104 applicants: 54 male, 50 female

57 shortlisted: 28 male, 29 female

31 successful: 19 male (61%), 12 female (39%)

35% of male applicants were successful

24% of female applicants were successful

Overall Summary: 2001-2014

236 applicants: 151 male (64%), 85 female (36%)

153 shortlisted: 105 male (69%), 48 female (31%)

92 successful: 69 male (75%), 23 female (25%)

46% of male applicants were successful

27% of female applicants were successful

 

Breakdown of Gender across Support Staff at NUI Galway

 

Female

Male

Total

% Female

SECRETARY

2

4

6

33%

ASSOCIATE SECRETARY

0

3

3

0%

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

5

2

7

71%

DIRECTOR

1

4

5

20%

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

28

23

51

55%

GRADE 5

53

29

82

65%

GRADE 4

83

14

97

86%

GRADE 3

126

9

135

93%

GRADE 2

166

5

171

97%

GRADE 1

17

3

20

83%

TOTAL

481

96

577

83%

 

Source: NUI Galway HR Office 2015