First Irish institutions to achieve prestigious Athena SWAN award are announced
Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick are today celebrating becoming the first Irish institutions to receive the prestigious Athena SWAN award.
The Athena SWAN Charter, the initiative run by Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to address issues in gender inequality, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, but this is the first year in which Irish institutions were invited to participate.
Both Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick received Bronze Athena SWAN awards for their institutions as a whole, with Trinity College Dublin also attaining Bronze awards at departmental level for the School of Chemistry, the School of Physics and the School of Natural Sciences.
ECU received ten applications from Irish HEIs and their departments overall, including the submissions from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick.
Responding to the announcement, Ruth Gilligan, Manager of the Athena SWAN programme, said
‘We’d like to congratulate Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick on their success. They worked extremely hard on their submissions and we are delighted that their efforts have resulted in a successful outcome. We’d also like to congratulate and thank all of the institutions who submitted applications. The submission process is in itself rigorous and time-consuming, and these institutions have ably demonstrated their unwavering commitment to gender equality by participating in it’.
The submission deadline for the next cohort of applicants is 30 September 2015 at 5pm.
The awards are as follows:
Bronze Athena SWAN institution awards:
- University of Limerick
- Trinity College Dublin
Bronze Athena SWAN departmental awards:
- Trinity College Dublin, School of Chemistry
- Trinity College Dublin, School of Physics
- Trinity College Dublin, School of Natural Sciences