Executive Committee Minutes 4

Scope and Content

Minutes date from 12 Jan to 27 Nov 1996

Particular items:

12 Jan 1996 - restructuring meeting to discuss changes in Network's aims and objectives; that Irish Women's Studies were interested in collaborating with WSN and Cork University Press interested in Women's Studies journal; Equal Opportunities Policy; SIGMA/Socrates going online; teaching quality assessment exercise not include women's studies

9 May 1996 - first issue of Irish Journal of Feminist Studies published; discussion re membership of the Council; finance and sub-committee report; European contacts for Thematic network

9 May 1996 - agenda only; circular letter to Executive member; maps of Leeds Metropolitan University; papers for meeting: interim report 'Feminisms: past, present and future' by Sarah Oerton and paper with suggestions for a policy re lesbian studies by Patsy Staddon; new subscription rates

17 Jun 1996 - report from Jalna Hanmer re Thematic Network for Women's Studies; activities re Women's Studies Network

5 Jul 1996 - proposal to alter council membership constitutionally; re-structuring of Executive - every Executive member must be a member of a sub-group

6 Jul 1996 - invite to council meeting; members of HEQC (Higher Education Quality Council) invited to attend

6 Sep 1996 - finance report; proposal drafted to send to HEQC arguing that women's studies is a new field which has not been through quality assurance exercises in a systematic way; membership secretary's report; tax relief for subscriptions to academic journals; policy and administration sub-group report; equal opportunities policy

27 Nov 1996 - treasurer's report; policy and administration group will be clarifying standing orders and amendments to the constitution, membership secretary's report to the Executive Committee