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November 2017

INTO General Secretary Appointed to Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education

The General Secretary of the INTO, Sheila Nunan, has been appointed to the Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education established today (6 November 2017) by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education.

The taskforce has been asked to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders. Funding of €500,000 was provided in Budget 2018 to support the work of the Taskforce and greater gender equality in the sector. A regular reporting mechanism will be put in place to track progress on the various actions to be implemented.

The taskforce members are Marie O’Connor, chairperson, Ryan Shanks, Professor Philip Nolan, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy and Sheila Nunan.

The terms of reference for the Task Force will be to:

  • Oversee a review of the systems of recruitment and promotion policies and practices in higher education institutions.
  • Review national and international practice and relevant literature including the Review on Gender Equality published by the HEA in 2016 and good practices arising from the Athena Swan process and lessons learnt from unsuccessful applications.
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders.
  • Prepare a prioritised three year action plan.

Date: Monday, 6 November 17