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Latest Athena Swan Ireland institutional and departmental awards conferred

04 Apr 2024 | Advance HE Three Silver and nine Bronze Awards demonstrate the commitment to improving gender equality for those working and studying in higher education in Ireland.

Twelve awards are conferred in the latest assessment round for Athena Swan Ireland. The awards are conferred following assessment by peer review panels made up of colleagues working across the Irish higher education sector.

The latest awards include those to Munster Technological University which has been conferred its first institutional Bronze award since its establishment as a Technological University; and to Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Global – Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement, the first professional unit to achieve an Athena Swan Ireland award.

The full list is as follows:

Athena Swan Institutional awards

  • Mary Immaculate College (Bronze)
  • Munster Technological University (Bronze)

Athena Swan departmental awards

  • Dublin City University – School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (Bronze)
  • Dublin City University – School of Psychology (Bronze)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology – School of Engineering (Bronze)
  • Maynooth University – Department of Biology (Silver)
  • RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences – Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine (Bronze)
  • Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Global – Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement (Bronze)
  • University College Cork - School of Medicine (Bronze)
  • University College Dublin – School of Veterinary Medicine (Silver)
  • University of Limerick – Chemical Sciences (Silver)
  • University of Limerick – School of Design (Bronze).

Jennie Rothwell, Senior Manager EDI at the Higher Education Authority, said, “Congratulations to the higher education institutions and departments that have achieved Athena Swan awards today, in recognition of their commitment to advancing gender equality.

"The first professional unit award represents a milestone for the sector and demonstrates the increased engagement of professional, management and support staff in the Charter as it has developed. Action plans developed through the Athena Swan Ireland Charter enable higher education institutions and departments to take an evidence-based approach to addressing gender equality for all staff and students in a way that is applicable to their own equality challenges and institutional context." 

Sarah Fink, Head of Athena Swan (Ireland), said, “These awards highlight the fantastic commitment and work of all these institutions and departments in bringing about change through impactful and sustainable gender equality. Congratulations to all those who work so hard to achieve and sustain this effort.

“I would also like to thank colleagues from across the sector in Ireland who independently assess the submissions for their time and expertise.”

An awards ceremony is expected to take place in November which will include many of the lessons and experiences of the awardees in the Athena Swan submissions. 

We are delighted to be one of the sponsors of TUS's 'Equitas – EDI in Practice in Higher Education Conference', Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th May 2024, Limerick. Find out more

The Athena Swan Charter launched in the Republic of Ireland in early 2015. The extension of the Charter to Ireland was made possible through funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Engagement with the Charter is a key pillar of Ireland’s national strategy for gender equality. All of Ireland’s universities and institutes of technology and several colleges participate in Athena Swan Ireland. Find out more


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