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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 24% of professors are women. In institutes of technology, women make up 44% 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 after 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 award ceremony will be held on an annual basis.

Application forms >
Athena SWAN Ireland Committee and Travel Fund >

The expansion and development of the Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland is supported by the National Committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from eligible HEIs, Advance HE, and the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Irish research agencies, as well as other stakeholders, including the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) are also represented.

The committee was reconstituted in March 2018 for a term of three years.

Institutional members

  1. Name of Institution

Serving representative*

Alternative representative

Athlone Institute of Technology

Chris McDermott

Louise Doherty

Cork Institute of Technology

Áine Ní Shé

Deirdre Casey

TU Dublin (formerly DIT)

Yvonne Galligan

Liam McGlynn

Dublin City University

Greg Hughes

Sandra Healy

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Andrew Power (Chair)

Niamh Clifford

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Fiona Lawless

Gerald O’Driscoll

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Cáit Noone

Mary Nestor 

Institute of Technology, Tralee

Helen McMahon

Joseph Walsh

     
     

Institute of Technology, Sligo

Tom Reilly

Jacqueline McCormack

Letterkenny Institute of Technology 

Lynn Ramsey 

John Andy Bonar

Limerick Institute of Technology

Marian Duggan

 

Maynooth University

Gemma Irvine

Claire McGing

National College of Ireland

Sarah Hawes

Jimmy Hill

National University of Ireland, Galway

Lokesh Joshi

Aoife Cooke

Royal College of Surgeons

Avril Hutch (Vice Chair)

Cathal Kearney

Trinity College Dublin

Eileen Drew

Clodagh Brook

University College Cork

Ann King

Karl Kitching

University College Dublin

Rory Carey

Marcellina Fogarty 

University of Limerick

Patrick Ryan

Marie Connolly

Waterford Institute of Technology

Brendan Jennings

Valerie Brett

Institute of Technology, Carlow

Allison Kenneally

 

Mary Immaculate College

Frank White

Elaine Murtagh

*a description of the procedure for electing and selecting serving and alternative committee members is available in the committee’s Terms of Reference. 

Other members

Name of Organisation

Name of representative

Higher Education Authority

Ross Woods

Advance HE

Sarah Dickinson Hyams

Advance HE

Victoria Brownlee

Advance HE

Tamara Szucs

Irish Research Council

Gemma Duke

Advance HE

Abbie McKenna

Science Foundation Ireland

Rochelle Fritch

Health Research Board

Caitriona Creely

Queen's University

Victoria Montgomery 

Ulster University

Maria Loughrey

Irish Universities Association

Jennifer Cleary

Technological Higher Education Association

Jennifer Brennan

Additional information on the Ireland Committee’s responsibilities, as well as the process for selecting committee members, can be found in the committee's Terms of Reference.

The Athena National SWAN National Committee Travel Fund

The Athena SWAN National Committee has a travel fund to assist HEI staff with the costs of travelling to participate in Athena SWAN panels and to other relevant events.

Applications can be made by staff in HEIs in the Republic of Ireland. Travel costs for staff from Northern Irish HEIs travelling alongside ROI staff can be included in the application.  Further details about the fund and how to apply can be found in the Athena SWAN Ireland Travel Fund Application Form.

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 under the HEA block grant:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Carlow College
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • 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 College of Art and Design
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • St Angela’s College, Sligo
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • TU Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

 

Award holders >

Institutional award holders

Award level

Cork IT

Bronze

Dublin City University

Bonze

IT Carlow

Bronze

Limerick Institute of Technology

Bronze

Maynooth University

Bronze

NUI Galway

Bronze

Mary Immaculate College

Bronze

Royal College of Surgeons

Bronze

Trinity College Dublin

Bronze

TU Dublin

Legacy Award

University College Cork

Bronze

University College Dublin

Bronze

University of Limerick

Bronze

Department award holders

Maynooth University 

Department of Biology 

Bronze

Maynooth University

Department of Geography

Bronze

NUI Galway 

School of Medicine 

Bronze

Royal College of Surgeons

Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine

Bronze

Trinity College Dublin

School of Chemistry

Bronze

Trinity College Dublin

School of Natural Sciences

Bronze

Trinity College Dublin

School of Physics

Bronze

University College Cork

Department of Business Information Systems

Bronze

University College Cork

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Bronze

University College Cork

School of Chemistry

Bronze

University College Cork

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Bronze

University College Cork

School of Pharmacy

Bronze

University College Cork

School of Public Health

Bronze

University College Dublin

College of Engineering and Architecture

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Economics

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Biology and Environmental Science

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Archaeology

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Agriculture and Food Science

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Medicine

Bronze

University College Dublin

School of Veterinary Medicine

Bronze

University of Limerick

Department of Physics

Bronze

University of Limerick

Department of Chemical Sciences

Bronze

University of Limerick

Graduate Entry Medical School

Bronze

University of Limerick

Kemmy Business School

Bronze

University of Limerick

School of Allied Health

Bronze

University of Limerick

School of Education

Bronze

University of Limerick

Department of Biological Sciences

Bronze

University of Limerick

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Bronze

University of Limerick

Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences

Bronze

 

Support Available to Irish HEIs >

Institutions covered by the HEA-Advance HE Grant Agreement can access a range of support from Advance HE to assist in their Athena SWAN work. This includes email and phone support as well as an annual site visit. Full details can be found in the Support Provision for Irish HEIs.

If you have questions about support for Athena SWAN in Ireland please contact the Ireland Programme Manager, Dr Victoria Brownlee or the Ireland Programme Advisor, Tamara Szucs.

Contacts >

Dr Victoria Brownlee, Head of Athena SWAN Ireland 

Victoria leads the development and delivery of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland.  You can contact Victoria with queries about Athena SWAN in Ireland at victoria.brownlee@advance-he.ac.uk.

Tamara Szucs, Athena SWAN Programme Advisor (Ireland and UK)

Tamara offers advice and guidance to Irish HEIs from Advance HE's London office. You can contact Tamara at tamara.szucs@advance-he.ac.uk