Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2021

Maura O'Shea

By Maura O'Shea

Posted: 16 December, 2021

An illustration of a man and a woman standing on either plate of an old fashioned weighing scale. They both weigh equal amounts.

The HEA has awarded funding of €250,000 under the Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2021 to advance gender equality initiatives in Irish higher education. Awards were made across three areas:

  • research on or advancing gender equality initiatives in Ireland.
  • training programmes specifically addressing gender equality.
  • Athena SWAN capacity-building activities.

Projects were funded across several areas including embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into the curriculum, teaching and learning and teacher education, an investigation of how gender stereotypes contribute to gender inequality, development and implementation of gender identity, expression and diversity training for staff in Irish HEIs, resources to support the academic advancement of mid-career female staff, support for the increased visibility and participation of women economists in public discourse, and research into the impact of menopause on the careers of women in Irish higher education.

HEI partners* Project Title
DCU, MU, NUIG, TCD, UCC, and UCD and UL. Preparing for Academic Advancement (PAA)
TU Dublin, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL. Increasing the voice of women economists in the media and public discourse through training and promotion.
DCU, TU Dublin and UL. Getting ahead versus getting along: Investigating how gender stereotypes are contributing to gender inequality in HEIs.
AIT, Carlow College, IT Carlow, LIT, MIC, and WIT. Embedding Gender Identity, Expression & Diversity Training and Best Practice into Irish HEIs.
AIT, IT Carlow, LIT, MTU and WIT. Embedding Equality Diversity & Inclusion in the Curriculum of the new Technological University Sector: EDIT Project.
DCU, IT Sligo, MIC, MU, and TCD. Integrating the gender dimension into teaching, learning and educational outreach in initial teacher education.
IADT, IT Sligo and TU Dublin. Working Women and the Menopause: a study of the impact of the menopause on careers of a sample of women working in the HEI sector in Ireland.


*lead applicants are indicated in bold.


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