In the Republic of Ireland, Advance HE continues to work closely with universities, technological universities, institutes of technology, and colleges as well as national educational stakeholders.
We have a dedicated Republic of Ireland-based team, Head of Athena Swan Ireland, Sarah Fink, and Athena Swan Ireland National Advisor, Irene Byrne. Joni Alexander is our Assistant Director with responsibility for the Republic of Ireland. Our broader colleagues work closely with Ireland team to support membership, development and resourcing for the Irish sector.
Our plans for 2023 - 24 are to continue the development of the value and impact of our support for our members in Ireland. We will achieve this by working to support members through greater contextualised training and consultancy relevant to your need. To ensure stronger partnership and closer engagement, we will also introduce an Advance HE Irish Strategic Advisory Board to guide our work with you, and for you.
Republic of Ireland Exclusive member benefits
In addition to global member benefits which all members receive, institutions in Ireland also have access to a suite of tailored member benefits focused on your priorities.Benefits will continue to develop in response to sector needs. Current plans include:
- Getting to Grips with Principal Fellowship
- Nurturing Wellbeing and Resilience for EDI staff
- Embedding Strategic Value through Fellowship
- Engaging Socio-Economic Status within EDI work
- Higher Education Governance Forum
- Gender Pay Gap
- Exploring Leadership and Management within Irish HE
Networks and Collaborations
- Fellowship Networks
- Irish SAB
- Project Collaborations (e.g GEEF, N-TUTORR)
Some members have access to Athena Swan Ireland, full information on the Charter is available on the Athena Swan Ireland page.
Your Head of Partnerships is available to provide targeted support to assist you in your membership development through meetings, presentations or event engagement.
- Membership introductory sessions (key colleagues/all staff)
- Fellowship introductory sessions (key colleagues/all staff)
- Attending Fellowship and Aurora celebrations and events
- Other presentations and events as requested.
Engaging Socio-Economic Status within EDI work
Date to be confirmed
This online event will provide an opportunity for EDI colleagues to consider the implications of the proposed legislation to include socio-economic status as a protected characteristic, learn about work that is already taking place (in Ireland and globally), and network with peers engaged in developing this work stream. Registration details are sent directly to the institutional EDI contacts for distribution.
Higher Education Governance Forum
Date to be confirmed: In-person, May 2024
This event will convene governance colleagues from across the sector, providing an opportunity to work together on issues critical for governance development. The goal of the event is to inform, support, and provide collaborative space for those working in higher education governance managing the changes required to meet the needs of an evolving operating environment. Registration details are sent directly to the institutional governance contacts for distribution.
Gender Pay Gap
Date to be confirmed: June 2024
This project seeks to support the Irish HE sector in their requirement to analyse and report the gender pay gap. The project will align with other sector work ongoing. Registration details are sent directly to the institutional EDI contacts for distribution.
Exploring Leadership and Management within Irish HE
Project running throughout 2024
This project will conduct research and provide space for collaboration around the pressing leadership and management needs in higher education. A community of leadership developers and senior management will be provided the opportunity to share, explore, and develop knowledge that will inform the future planning for HE leadership development in Ireland. Engagement invites for the project will be sent to institutional leadership contacts in the first instance.