Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2020 

The HEA has awarded funding of €286,114 under the Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2020 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 the promotion of female role models in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (pSTEM), development and implementation of gender identity, expression and diversity training for staff in Irish HEIs, establishment of networks to support female participation in computer science, resources to support the academic advancement of mid-career female staff, provision of gender equalitybased leadership training to future leaders, and development of resources to assist departments in modelling gender-disaggregated data against national trends. 


HEI partners*  Project title 
DCU, DkIT and NUI Galway  Mid-Career Development Programme for Women 
IADT, GMIT and MU  Irish Network for Gender Equality in Computing (INGENIC): The Collective Voice for Gender Equality in Computing 
Carlow College, IT Carlow, LIT, MIC and WIT  The development and implementation of a Gender Identity, Expression & Diversity Training Programme for staff in Irish HEIs   
DCU, NUI Galway, UCC, UCD and UL  Supporting Athena SWAN in the Mathematical Sciences: Benchmarking and Networking 
RCSI, TU Dublin and UCC  LIBRA – Future Proofing Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions – Experiential Learning in Simulation for Students Leaders 
IT Carlow, MU, TU Dublin and UCD  TechMate: A best practice toolkit for driving sustainable acceleration towards gender equality in technology disciplines in HEIs. 
IT Sligo, TU Dublin and UCD  You can be what you can see: pSTEM Role Models 
MU, NUI Galway and UL  Preparing for Academic Advancement (PAA) 

*lead applicants are indicated in bold. 

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