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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.

Advance HE’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 Advance HE'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. An Athena SWAN Ireland Seminar including an awards ceremony will be held on an annual basis.

Application forms >
Athena SWAN Ireland Committee >

Contact athena.swan@advance-he.ac.uk for more information about the Athena SWAN Ireland Committee.

Eligible HEIs >

To be eligible to apply for an Athena SWAN award, higher education institutions must commit in writing to the Athena SWAN principles. A template letter to commit to the expanded principles can be found here.

Eligible institutions:

*signed up to original principles
** signed up to expanded principles

  • ·         Athlone Institute of Technology**
    ·         Carlow College
    ·         Cork Institute of Technology**
    ·         Dublin City University
    ·         Dublin Institute of Technology*
    ·         Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology*
    ·         Dundalk Institute of Technology
    ·         Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
    ·         Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
    ·         Institute of Technology, Carlow**
    ·         Institute of Technology, Sligo
    ·         Institute of Technology, Tallaght
    ·         Institute of Technology, Tralee**
    ·         Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    ·         Limerick Institute of Technology
    ·         Mary Immaculate College**
    ·         Maynooth College/Saint Patrick’s College
    ·         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 >
Name of institution Name of department (if applicable) Award level Round Awarded
Dublin City University Bronze Nov-16
Dublin Institute of Technology Bronze Apr-18
Maynooth University Bronze Nov-17
National University of Ireland Galway School of Medicine Bronze Nov-17
National University of Ireland Galway Bronze Nov-17
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Bronze Apr-18
Trinity College Dublin Bronze Apr-15
Trinity College Dublin School of Chemistry Bronze Apr-15
Trinity College Dublin School of Natural Sciences Bronze Apr-15
Trinity College Dublin School of Physics Bronze Apr-15
University College Cork Bronze Apr-16
University College Cork School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences Bronze Nov-17
University College Cork School of Chemistry Bronze Nov-17
University College Cork School of Pharmacy Bronze Nov-17
University College Dublin Bronze Nov-16
University of Limerick Bronze Apr-15
University of Limerick Department of Life Sciences Bronze Sep-15
University of Limerick Department of Mathematics and Statistics Bronze Sep-15
University of Limerick Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences Bronze Nov-16
University of Limerick Department of Physics Bronze Nov-17
University of Limerick School of Education Bronze Nov-17
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