Funding for 15 new female-only professor posts has been approved for third-level institutions in a bid to tackle gender inequality in the sector.
igher Education Minister Simon Harris gave the green light to the posts on Monday, saying they are needed to increase female leadership and address the gender imbalance that currently exists in Irish academia.
Mr Harris described the move as a “real game-changer” for the sector.
Despite improvements in recent years, women are still significantly under-represented in senior roles at third-level institutes.
A report by the Higher Education Authority in 2018 found only 24% of high-level professor posts in universities were held by women, while females made up 51% of all lecturer roles – which are entry-level academic jobs in the university sector.
We have excellent leadership in our third-level sector but it isn’t representative of Irish society. We need that to change so that it better reflects