Date: 30th July 2015
University of Limerick Achieves Prestigious Athena SWAN Award
The University of Limerick is celebrating today being one of the first Irish institutions to receive the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze award. Responding to the announcement the University of Limerick’s Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon said “UL is delighted to be one of the first Irish Institutions to be awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Institution Bronze Award. This is an exciting development for the Higher Education Sector in Ireland. In UL we recognise that it is in the strategic interest of the University to ensure that all our people are enabled to achieve their full potential ensuring equality of opportunity for all our staff and students. The Athena SWAN process provides us with a clear framework through which gender equality can be measured and improved upon across the institution and particularly within our STEMM departments. Our institutional strategies should lead to higher numbers of female students in STEMM disciplines, higher levels of female applications for positions and promotions, resulting in increased numbers of females within STEMM realising their full career ambitions.
According to figures released by the HEA recently the University of Limerick continues to have the highest percentage of women at professorial level in the country, 31% or almost one third of professors at UL are female. This compares to a national average of only 19%.
The University of Limerick’s track record of success in researching and promoting gender equality has been facilitated through funding support from the Atlantic Philanthropies and Science Foundation Ireland and the European Commission. Currently UL is leading a project which is supported by the ‘Progress Programme’ of the European Union as part of a suite of initiatives exploring gender equality in the EU. GEM (Gender Equality in decision Making) is led by the Human Resources Division in UL in conjunction with the Kemmy Business School, the national employer’s federation IBEC and industry partners Dell EMEA, with other European higher education Institutions. The project’s particular focus is on the impact of HR-related practices, i.e. selection, performance management and promotions/advancement on gender equality in decision making within organisations. UL is also a key partner and the only Irish University in a European Commission FP7 Funded cross national 5 year Project 2012-2017, FESTA - Female Empowerment in Science and Technology in Academia which is concerned with implementing changes in the working environment of academic researchers.
Athena SWAN Ireland Seminar and Awards Ceremony - 23rd November 2017
11.30 – 14.30 Thursday 23 November 2017 Banquet Hall, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
The Athena SWAN Ireland seminar and awards ceremony, taking place from 11.30 to 14.30, Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.The programme will feature an awards ceremony, a workshop provided by the Equality Challenge Unit’s Research and Data team, and presentations that will help institutions and departments on their Athena SWAN journey.
More information including the programme of speakers can be found online at http://www.ecu.ac.uk/events/athena-swan-ireland-seminar-and-awards-ceremony/.
Please click here to view the agenda for the day.
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