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ECU extends Athena SWAN to Republic of Ireland

Published: 08/04/2014

Charter to run outside of the UK for the first time

ECU is to extend the Athena SWAN Charter to the higher education sector in Ireland, the first time the Charter will be run outside of the UK.

A three-year pilot of the Charter, which recognises excellence in women’s employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in HE, will be launched in autumn 2014.

The pilot will be funded by Ireland’s Higher Education Authority, and universities and institutes of technology will be invited to help shape the programme.

David Ruebain, chief executive of ECU said:

‘We are delighted that the Higher Education Authority and the Irish HE sector have invited us to establish the Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland. There have been a number of initiatives in Ireland focusing on addressing gender imbalance in STEMM research, including work towards the EU Horizon 2020 strategy. The Charter will help provide a framework through which universities and their departments can meet their aims and aspirations for gender equality.’

ECU is currently recruiting a new Athena SWAN Adviser to lead on the pilot. We are looking for someone with in-depth knowledge of the HE system in Ireland. The role will be based in London with frequent travel to Ireland.

Closing date: Monday 28 April 2014, 12 noon.