Irish colleges have been criticised by the HEA for having too few women in senior positions.

Third Level institutions across the country have been condemned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as new figures revealed that women in senior positions are under-represented. 

New measures implemented by the HEA will see State funding being linked to each Third Level institutions’ performance in overcoming the ongoing issue of gender inequality and has resulted in mandatory gender quotas to decrease the gender gap at senior levels.
 
According to the figures released, 50 per cent of lecturers and 21 per cent of professors in Irish colleges are women.
 
The University of Limerick was highlighted as the best institution with regard to gender equality as 30 per cent of its professors are women. In Trinity College Dublin 1 in 5 professors are women. 
 
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) has the least amount of women in senior positions, only 12 per cent of professors and just under a third of senior lecturers are women. 
 
The HEA also reported a significant deficit in gender distribution among management teams. No executive management teams in the university sector and only three institutes of technology, met the 40 per cent gender target. 
 
Four out of seven university governing authorities and 10 out of 14 institutes of technology met the target of a minimum 40 per cent of each gender.
According to the report, “small improvements” were made over the last year. It saw an increase of 2 per cent in the proportion of female professors and associate professors.
 
The improvements in addressing the under-representation of females in academic and decision-making roles in higher education were marginal. However, it was "a step in the right direction".
 
Speaking about the issue HEA executive Dr Graham Love said, that “continued strong commitment and leadership needed to be demonstrated if real and meaningful progress was to be made”.