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Leadership & Higher Education: Where are the Women?

18 June, 2018

‘It is time for a more inclusive higher education landscape’ was the rallying call at the inspirational panel discussion on women in leadership in higher education in DIT last week.

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Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD gave a passionate opening talk on addressing gender equality in the higher education sector to over 100 guests from across DIT. In her powerful call to action, she stated that the future will be bright, but that it is up to all of us to provide the next generation with every opportunity to maximise their potential and access leadership roles. “You are the role models that our future female leaders will speak of – let’s do everything possible to create a more inclusive landscape."

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin (UCD) chaired the panel, which included an esteemed lineup of gender equality experts including Professor Jane Grimson (TCD), Professor Celine Marmion (RCSI) and Dr Ashley O'Donoghue (DIT). Embracing the challenging questions, the panel explored how to bring about organisational and cultural change to support gender equality, the debate on quotas, and the benefits of embracing diversity and including women at the decision-making table.  

Along the way, the panellists offered excellent advice on how to advance your career, including ‘remain authentic to yourself’, ‘be courageous and embrace opportunities’, ‘get better at not saying yes straight away’, and ‘take time to stop and reflect on your career goals.’

The event was hosted by the DIT Women Leaders in Higher Education network, which was founded in 2016 to support, encourage and advocate for women in career advancement in DIT.

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