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Ruth Gilligan is Athena SWAN Manager for Equality Challenge Unit.



Telephone: 020 7269 6546

Ruth is the Athena SWAN Manager and has responsibility for the Athena SWAN Charter in the UK and Republic of Ireland


Current work

  • Providing strategic and operational oversight of the Athena SWAN Charter
  • Ongoing process development of the Athena SWAN Charter
  • Liaising with and supporting institutions and stakeholders
  • Moderating Athena SWAN assessment panels


  • Gender equality in STEMM
  • Science policy and funding
  • Scientific research

Work background

  • Athena SWAN Adviser: Developed and managed the pilot expansion of the Athena SWAN Charter to the Republic of Ireland
  • European Research Council/Scientific Support Intern at Science Foundation Ireland
  • Education background:
    • PhD Chemistry, University of Cambridge
    • BSc Hons Chemistry, University College Dublin