New professor posts approved for CIT and UCC specifically for women

New professor posts approved for CIT and UCC specifically for women

Minister Mitchell O’Connor pictured with members of the SALI Assessment Panel

CIT and UCC are both getting new professors after 20 posts specifically for women were approved by the State.

A chair of cybersecurity is being appointed to Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork is gaining a professor in Irish gender history and another in microbiome and health science

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education, announced the approval of 20 posts at professorial-level in higher education, today.

This announcement is being made under the Minister’s Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI), the goal of which is to accelerate progress in achieving gender balance at the senior academic level in higher education institutions.

SALI is an innovative and transformational positive action initiative being implemented across higher education alongside the Gender Action Task Force championed by the Minister and launched in 2019.

The posts were approved by an expert international assessment panel chaired by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, CBE, Professor in the Chemistry Department of Edinburgh University.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “This is a great start to 2020 and is truly a game-changing moment in Irish academia. I am incredibly proud that this intervention will ensure a swifter gender re-balance, addressing the current-representation of women at the highest levels of our institutions. 

"I am delighted to be able to announce that 12 of our institutions have been successful under SALI. I was truly inspired to see the calibre and ambition of the 20 successful posts that are being approved.

"SALI is an international best practice example of the innovation and indeed ambition required to drive the delivery of gender balance objectives in our society.

“We know that the excellence of our female academics and their vast contribution to research and education has not yet resulted in an appropriate level of representation of women at the highest levels. 

"This initiative is supporting higher education institutions that are already taking proactive steps to address gender imbalance to take a leap forward in this area, always with ‘excellence’ at the heart of recruitment and promotion policies."

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