A Mayo Professor at UCD, who suffered two years of harassment at the college, has praised her colleague who quit the university's gender equality group last year in protest.

Prof Kathleen James-Chakraborty quit UCD’s Gender Equality Action Group in October 2019 because she "was not satisfied that the university’s policies on sexual harassment and discrimination were being implemented”.

Last weekend Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, a Carnacon native, outlined her two-year ordeal of harassment she faced while working in the university from Prof Hans-Benjamin Braun, who later faced a court barring order.

In a post on social media today, the Mayo woman thanked UCD Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty for taking a stand within UCD in 2019 and highlighting, what she described as failings of the system in tackling sexual harassment & discrimination.

Prof. Ní Shúilleabháin says she hopes the new policies under review at UCD will not be "window dressing".

She will bring forward four proposals on the subject to the university's management and HR in the coming week.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris announced his intention to appoint Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell to the Governing Authority of UCD.


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