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Athena SWAN in Ireland

In a major national initiative supported by the Higher Education Authority, the Athena SWAN Charter was launched in Ireland in early 2015. Figures published by the Higher Education Authority highlight gender inequality as an issue for the sector. Across Irish universities, only 19% of professors are women. In institutes of technology, women make up 45% of academic staff but just 29% of senior academic staff.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The charter has since expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Guidance for applications >

Applications for ECU’s Athena SWAN awards are accepted on the last working day of April and November each year. Applicants from Ireland may use the original process focusing on women in STEMM in academia (known as the "pre-may 2015" process in the UK), or the expanded process (known as the "post-may 2015" process in the UK). All applicants from Ireland must use the expanded process by November 2020.

Additional resources, including copies of the relevant handbooks can be found here.

Applicants must inform us of their intention to submit two months in advance of each deadline. A submissions timeline with further details can be downloaded here. An Athena SWAN Ireland Seminar including an awards ceremony will be held on an annual basis.

Application forms >
Athena SWAN Ireland Committee >

Contact Equality Charters Adviser, Sarah Fink for more information about the Athena SWAN Ireland Committee.

Eligible HEIs >

To be elible to apply for an Athena SWAN award, higher education institutions must commit in writing to the Athena SWAN principles. A template letter can be found here. To be eligible to apply for the expanded Athena SWAN Charter award, the institution must sign up to an expanded set of principles. Application forms for the expanded Charter will be released in 2017. A template letter to commit to the expanded principles can be found here.

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Ireland
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
Award holders >

Dublin City University

  • Institutional award: Bronze
  • Held since: 2016

University College Cork

  • Institutional award: Bronze
  • Held since: 2016

University College Dublin

  • Institutional award: Bronze
  • Held since: 2016

University of Limerick

  • Institutional award: Bronze
    Held since: 2015
    Application

Departmental awards

  • Department of Life Sciences
    Bronze, held since 2015
    Application
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Bronze, held since 2015
    Application
  • Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
    Bronze, held since 2016

Trinity College Dublin

  • Institutional award: Bronze
    Held since: 2015
    Application

Departmental awards

  • School of Chemistry
    Bronze, held since 2015
    Application
  • School of Natural Sciences
    Bronze, held since 2015
    Application
  • School of Physics
    Bronze, held since 2015
    Application
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