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Successful Irish universities celebrated in Athena SWAN awards

Higher education institutions who have pledged to improve gender inequalities will be celebrated for their ongoing work for women in science, technology, maths and medicine (STEMM) at the inaugural Athena SWAN awards held today in Dublin (10 December 2015).

Eight institutions took part in the Athena SWAN Charter pilot this year, which opened up Equality Challenge Unit’s successful UK gender initiative to the Republic of Ireland for the first time. During the event, held at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick will receive Bronze Athena SWAN awards for their institutions as a whole, as well as several department-level awards.

Ruth Gilligan, manager of the Athena SWAN programme for ECU, said:

‘It is important to congratulate and say a big thank you to all of the institutions who submitted applications during this pilot year. The submission process is rigorous and these institutions have ably demonstrated their unwavering commitment to gender equality by participating.’

‘We are delighted for Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick that their efforts have resulted in a successful outcome at institution and department level. Athena SWAN is being picked up all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand, and it is good to see Ireland embracing the charter and recognising the benefits if can have in driving forward 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 2016.’

The winners of the awards are:

Bronze institution award

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Limerick

Bronze department award

  • Trinity College Dublin, School of chemistry
  • Trinity College Dublin, School of physics
  • Trinity College Dublin, School of natural sciences
  • University of Limerick, Department of life sciences
  • University of Limerick, Department of mathematics and statistics

Published date: December 10, 2015