The University of Limerick has been officially granted the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for advancing gender equality. The prestigious award was presented to the Institution as a whole as well as at departmental level to the UL Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Life Sciences.
UL was announced as one of the first Irish institutions to achieve the Athena SWAN Bronze award in July this year. UL and Trinity College Dublin are the only Irish higher education institutions to be granted the award on their first application submission. UL now has 31% female Professors, the highest percentage of any Irish University.
University of Limerick’s President, Professor Don Barry said “I am delighted that the University of Limerick as an institution as well as our Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Life Sciences have been awarded Athena SWAN recognition. This achievement gets UL off to a very positive start indeed as other UL STEMM Departments submit applications in the New Year. I am very proud that we are maintaining our leading position in gender equality in UL. Since commencing the Athena SWAN Process and being awarded the institutional award we’ve had more positive news, not only do we have the highest number of women at professorial level in the country we have the highest percentage of women at associate professor at 33% against a national average of 26%. We are also committed under our University Athena SWAN Action Plan, to ensuring that all selection and promotions boards have a minimum of 30% gender representation on interview panels.” Professor Barry outlined.
“Encouraging departments to undertake the onerous task of submitting for departmental awards is another key commitment of the Athena SWAN process. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Life Sciences were successful today thanks to their gender specific work at departmental level, “ said Professor Barry.
Professor Edmond Magner, Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering, in congratulating the two successful departments within his faculty, said, “I am delighted with the outcome for the Departments of Life Sciences and Mathematics and Statistics. It's a significant achievement for the two Departments and an excellent reflection of their commitment to the principle of equality. The Faculty is committed to extending this accreditation to all Departments in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.”