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ECU announces latest Athena SWAN Charter awards results in Ireland

Congratulations to Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences.

Equality Challenge Unit are pleased to announce our latest Athena SWAN Charter awards results in Ireland recognising the ongoing commitment of Irish institutions to improve gender inequalities.

Both Dublin City University and University College Dublin received Bronze awards for their institutions as a whole, and the University of Limerick’s Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences received a Bronze departmental award.

Responding to the announcement, Ruth Gilligan, Manager of the Athena SWAN programme said:

‘We are delighted for these institutions and department that their efforts have resulted in a successful outcome at Bronze level. The submission process is in itself rigorous and time-consuming, and all participating institutions have demonstrated a commitment to gender equality. I am looking forward to welcoming other institutions as they sign up to the Charter, and receiving the next round of award submissions at the end of April 2017.’

All Irish universities, institutes of technology, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are welcome to become members of ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter.

The institutions announced today join University College Cork, the University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin in holding Bronze institutional Athena SWAN awards.

In future Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council and the Health Research Board will require higher education institutions (HEIs) to have Athena SWAN gender equality accreditation in order to be eligible for research funding.

Irish HEIs will be required to secure Athena SWAN Bronze awards by the end of 2019 to ensure they are eligible to compete for research funding allocated by any of the three agencies.

By the end of 2023 HEIs will be required to hold Athena SWAN Silver awards to be eligible for research funding.

The submission deadline for the next cohort of applications is Thursday 27 April 2017 at 17:00.

Published date: March 15, 2017