Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications for funding under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2020, in line with the requirements set out in the Call for Applications. This Call is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).

Deadline for submission is 12:00 29th January 2021


Following a competitive process based on an annual Call for applications from HEIs, the HEA will approve a defined number of new and additional senior academic leadership posts to successful HEIs. It is envisaged that 45 senior academic leadership posts will be awarded to HEIs over three years to assist in accelerating gender balance at senior levels.

The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative aims to help achieve equality of outcome in the higher education sector. New and additional senior academic leadership posts will be funded in areas where:

· there is clear evidence of significant gender under-representation

· where this appointment will have significant impact within the HEI and the relevant faculty/department/functional unit

· where they would be a proportionate and effective means to achieve accelerated and sustainable change within an institution

Call for Applications 2020

Call for Applications FAQs

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Please submit completed applications to

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