'Gender Equality in Higher Education: Ambitioning Change'

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street,

October 10th

Welcome and Introduction

10.00 Professor Judith Harford, University College Dublin

Official Opening Address

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

10.15 - 12.45

  • 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

13.45 - 16.15

  • 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, 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

Drinks Reception16.15


Book Launch by Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, of Judith Harford (2018) (Ed.)  Education for All? The Legacy of Free Post-Primary Education. Oxford: Peter Lang