NUI Galway became the first ever Irish university to appoint a vice president for Equality and Diversity when they awarded the position to Prof Anne Scott last Friday afternoon.
Professor Scott is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Community in Liverpool John Moore’s University and she previously held the post of head of the school of science and deputy president registrar from 2000-2012.
Professor Scott is an active mentor for the Aurora women only leadership development programme in the UK; she has been recognised by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) through the Ireland’s Most Powerful Women.
The position of VP for Equality & Diversity has been introduced by the University following the establishment of a Task Force on Gender Equality by the University’s Governing Body in February 2015 after an Equality Tribunal ruling in November 2014 found Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington had been discriminated against in being passed over for promotion by the university.
The creation of the post now held by Prof Scott was one of four major recommendations made by the task force, led by former Trinity College Dublin vice provost Prof Jane Grimson.
President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne said: “I am delighted to announce this appointment today at NUI Galway and I very much look forward to welcoming Professor Scott to this new role which will lead on addressing issues of equality and diversity across the University.”
The creation of this new post reflects the University’s commitment to transformational change and putting an end to discrimination within the college.