There was, quite properly, a massive outcry about the very intrusive health questionnaire from NUIG. However, what has crept under the table without any debate as far as I can see is a series of adverts “for women only”.
Dublin City University has a set of 4 posts advertised. The employer is DCU, an Irish higher education institution. And the posts are advertised as being for women only. Imagine if UCD or TCD were to advertise a job “only men need apply”? No, I cant either…
Yes, these posts are to conduct academic duties in Saudi Arabia, at a female only college. That SA has institutionalised, legalized, entrenched misogyny is their problem. No Irish HEI should, in my view, pander to that. Imagine a post “no jews need apply”?
It may well be that it is legal to advertise these posts. It surely is not morally acceptable to so do. DCU states a number of times in its strategic plan that it wishes to foster diversity. This, how?
DCU needs money. I get that. But there are better, cleaner, ways to get it than this. I am frankly astonished that the HEA, DCU and the DES have permitted this. I am amazed that Jobs.ac.uk posted it. I am astonished that the unions within DCU allow their staff to process it. DCU has an education school – what message does this send to the overwhelmingly female students there? One could go on and on…
An update : Interestingly, these posts are not advertised on the DCU vacancies site (as of Sunday 28 March). Why is that? What is advertised is a contract post in Finance, which states at the bottom
“DCU is a Equal Opportunities employer”
Really? What is going on here?