Irish Research Council welcomes Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted: 21 June, 2019

The Irish Research Council has welcomed the launch today by Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., of the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI). This Call will be managed by the Higher Education Authority, on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

Initially announced by Minister Mitchell O’Connor at the 2018-2020 Action Plan for Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions launch last November, the SALI was developed in collaboration with a working group of representatives from the higher education institutions and is aimed at supporting institutions to take positive action to accelerate and achieve their gender equality and diversity goals and objectives.

It will award funding for up to 45 new and additional senior permanent posts across Ireland over a three-year period and aims to attract outstanding female applicants from within the sector in Ireland and internationally.

Commenting on today’s launch, Director of the Irish Research Council, Peter Brown, said: “The Council welcomes the HEA’s Senior Academic Leadership Initiative as a crucial step towards gender equality in Irish Higher Education. The Council was the first research funding agency in Ireland to publish a gender strategy and is committed to providing equal outcomes to both men and women. This is imperative to Ireland attracting and retaining the most talented, creative and innovative researchers, and maximising its collective research intelligence.”

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