Athena Swan Charter



 

The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in the U.K. on 22nd June 2005. Managed by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Athena SWAN initiative aims to effect cultural and systemic change in higher education institutions to support gender equality and the career-progression of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines. The Athena SWAN bronze, silver and gold awards testify to institutions’ and departments’ success in advancing these goals. This entails, inter alia

  • working towards increasing the proportion of women employed in higher education institutions;
  • improving the representation of women on committees;
  • enhancing the transition from postdoctoral researcher to first academic post;
  • improving working practices to support career progression;
  • supporting women’s networking across higher education institutions.

From 2016, the ECU’s gender equality charter mark extended the Athena SWAN Charter to include the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. Further information on Athena SWAN is available at http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/.

In response to strong interest from the Irish higher education community, the HEA negotiated the extension of the Athena SWAN Charter to Ireland on a 3-year pilot basis commencing in the spring of 2014. The following Athena SWAN awards have been conferred upon Irish higher education institutions to-date:

Institutional Bronze Awards

Name of institution Award level Round Awarded
University of Limerick Bronze Apr-2015
Trinity College Dublin Bronze Apr-2015
University College Cork Bronze Apr-2016
Dublin City University Bronze Nov-2016
University College Dublin Bronze Nov-2016
National University of Ireland Galway Bronze Nov-2017
Maynooth University Bronze Nov-2017
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Bronze Apr-2018
Dublin Institute of Technology Bronze Apr-2018

Departmental Bronze Awards

Name of institution Name of department (if applicable) Award level Round Awarded
University of Limerick Department of Life Sciences Bronze Sep-2015
University of Limerick Department of Mathematics and Statistics Bronze Sep-2015
University of Limerick Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences Bronze Nov-2016
University of Limerick Department of Physics Bronze Nov-2017
University of Limerick School of Education Bronze Nov-2017
University College Cork School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences Bronze Nov-2017
University College Cork School of Chemistry Bronze Nov-2017
University College Cork School of Pharmacy Bronze Nov-2017
Trinity College Dublin School of Chemistry Bronze Apr-2015
Trinity College Dublin School of Natural Sciences Bronze Apr-2015
Trinity College Dublin School of Physics Bronze Apr-2015
National University of Ireland Galway School of Medicine Bronze Nov-2017

Further to an HEA review of the 3-year pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland, a new grant-agreement between the HEA and the ECU has been signed to support the continuation of Athena SWAN in Ireland for the period 1st May  2017–30th April 2020.