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The Athena SWAN Ireland National Committee responds to the Action Plan of the Gender Equality Task Force

Published: 12/11/2018

The National Athena SWAN Committee is delighted that the Gender Equality Taskforce, set up by Minister of State for Higher Education, has acknowledged the transformative impact of Athena SWAN on higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland.

The National Athena SWAN Committee is delighted that the Gender Equality Taskforce, set up by Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., has acknowledged the transformative impact of Athena SWAN on higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland.  The Action Plan continues to underline the importance of the Athena SWAN accreditation process, in our national and institutional initiatives, to further gender equality across the Irish Higher Education sector, which we welcome.

It is heartening to note that the very significant workload the Athena SWAN accreditation process places on our institutions is recognised by the Action Plan, both in terms of the breadth and depth of the application requirements, and the expected timeline for the achievement of an Athena SWAN Silver Award.  The Minister’s commitment to ensuring Irish HEIs have ‘the necessary support to engage with Athena SWAN’ is very positive, and is warmly welcomed by the Athena SWAN Ireland Committee.

The National Athena SWAN Committee will continue to work with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), research funders, member institutions, and Advance HE to embed and mainstream this important agenda in the daily activities, policies, processes and procedures of the sector.

Notes to Editors

The Athena SWAN National Committee supports the strategic development of the Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland.  The Committee was established in 2015 to advise Advance HE on how the Athena SWAN application and assessment process could be tailored to meet the higher education context in Ireland.

The Committee continues to steer the strategic development and expansion of the Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland, and functions as a conduit between Advance HE and Irish higher education institutions.  The Committee is currently chaired by Professor Anne Scott (NUI Galway).  Dr Andrew Power (IADT) is the Committee’s Vice-chair and will assume the role of Chair later this month.

The Committee’s membership is comprised of one nominated representatives from each HEI in the Republic of Ireland, representatives from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Irish Research Council (IRC), Irish Universities Association (IUA), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Heath Research Board (HRB), Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and advisory representatives from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Anne Scott, Committee Chair, Anne.scott@nuigalway.ie; +353 8617 49890.