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. In subjects such as physical science, mathematics, ICT and engineering the gender balance drops even further.
Seven universities, 14 institutes of technology and the Royal College of Surgeons are eligible to participate in the charter, which is committed to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.