UCC Symposium celebrates appointment of First Woman Professor

University College Cork

A symposium titled, “In the Presence of Ladies”: Women in Higher Education to be held on 22nd January 2011 at UCC celebrates the appointment of Mary Ryan, first woman professor appointed in an Irish University.

Mary Ryan takes central place in the ranks of achieving Irish women as the first woman professor appointed in an Irish University.  She was appointed as Professor of Romance Languages at UCC on June 28th 1910. The overall objectives of the symposium are to mark the centenary of the appointment of the first woman professor in Ireland, Professor Mary Ryan and also to explore the wider historical narrative of women in higher education, with special emphasis on UCC. The symposium will also examine contemporary issues such as the proportionally decreasing numbers of women at senior levels in University posts than was the case in the past as well as exploring the role of women in technology and science in the higher level sector.

Contributors include:  Dr Joan Buckley, UCC, Dr Maeve Conrick, Dean of Arts, UCC, Professor Caroline Fennell, Head of College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Professor Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor and former Vice President, UCC, Dr Carol Linehan, UCC, Professor Geraldine McCarthy, Professor Anita Maguire, Vice President, UCC, Professor Pat O’Connor, UL, Ms Virginia Teehan, UCC.

The symposium will be held on Saturday January 22nd 2011 in Room 225, 9.45am-4pm, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road, University College, Cork. ADMISSION FREE. ALL WELCOME.

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