NUIG hires VP to handle inequality issues

NUI Galway are recruiting a vice president for equality and diversity amidst a string of controversies over the past few months.

The new position has been created with the aim of eliminating gender inequality and has set a target of obtaining the British Athena SWAN bronze award by 2020, after being one of the four unsuccessful Irish applicants this year.

The award charters the representation, progression and working environment of all staff and students.

The new vice president will also be responsible for developing and implementing the college’s strategy on achieving their goal.

NUIG has said their ideal candidate will be “passionate about equality’’ and will require “leadership development and advancement of gender equality based on international best practice.’’

The University has recently come under extreme criticism for an occupational health questionnaire which was described as “invasive’’ by both applicants and members of staff.

The form asked questions such as “Do you suffer with any problems with your menstrual periods?”. It also asked women if they had “ever been treated for gynaecological problems’’ without a clear explanation as to why this could be a concern.

The university will be accepting applications for the position until October 29th, offering a salary of between €106,000 and €136,000 per annum.

Gavin O’Callaghan

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