Professor Judith Harford will host an Irish Research Council-funded symposium on gender equality in higher education in the Royal Irish Academy on 10 October 2018. The symposium will be officially opened by Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O' Connor. The programme is as follows:

Gender Equality in Higher Education: Ambitioning Change

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, October 10th, 2018, 10.00-16.00

Welcome and Introduction 10.00

Professor Judith Harford, University College Dublin 

Official Opening Address

Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education


Professor Pat O’ Connor, University of Limerick, Ireland, Gender Aware Leadership in Higher Educational Institutions: Who Needs It?

Professor Jane O’ Dea, University of Lethbridge, Canada, Hazardous Manoeuvres: Female Academic Leaders Making Tough Decisions

Professor Judith Harford, University College Dublin, Ireland, The Perspectives of Women Professors on the Professoriate: A Missing Piece in the Narrative on Gender Equality in the University

Dr Marianne Coleman, Reader Emerita, University College London, Institute of Education, Women Leaders in Education and Beyond: Perceptions of Career Barriers and Facilitators

Discussant Dr Dara Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission, Ireland

Lunch 12.45-13.45


Professor Kathleen Lynch, University College Dublin, Ireland, Commercialising the Academy:  The Corrosion of Care and Control of Dissent

Professor Colin Scott, University College Dublin, Ireland, Managing Commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Professor Carol Taylor, the University of Bath, UK, Doing your Duty? Embodying Ethics as a Feminist Academic in the Neoliberal University

Professor Tanya Fitzgerald, La Trobe University, Australia, Negotiating the Spaces of Power: Gender and Leadership in Higher Education

Discussant Tristan Aitken, HR Director, University College Dublin, Ireland

16.15 Drinks Reception