Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI), is a national call which first launched on 21st June 2019. 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. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications for funding under the SALI Call, which must be 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).  Following a competitive process based on a Call for applications from HEIs, the HEA will approve a defined number of new and additional senior academic leadership posts to successful HEIs.  The second and most recent Call for submissions was in 2020 with outcomes announced in Q4 2021.


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


This call is now closed.

Senior Academic Leadership Initiative 2020 - Call for Applications






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