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Gender Equality Awards

Fri, 04 May 2018


Advance HE is pleased to announce Maynooth University and the National University of Ireland, Galway have achieved bronze institutional awards in the latest Athena SWAN submission round.

The Athena SWAN Charter award recognises higher education institutions’ and departments’ commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.  In November 2017, the charter was expanded in Ireland to include arts, humanities, social sciences, and business and law departments (AHSSBL) and professional and support staff.

Maynooth University is the first Irish institution to obtain an expanded award.

Six new Bronze departmental awards have also been conferred to University College Cork, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences; University College Cork, School of Chemistry; University College Cork, School of Pharmacy; University of Limerick, Department of Physics; University of Limerick, School of Education; National University of Ireland Galway, School of Medicine.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN manager, Dr Ruth Gilligan, congratulated the latest awardees. She said: “I am delighted with the results of the latest Athena SWAN submission round in Ireland, and congratulate all institutions and departments on your success. This has been the culmination of many months of hard work, and this achievement demonstrates your great commitment to advancing gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and AHSSBL subjects and employment. Advance HE looks forward to continuing to support you as you strive to improve gender inequalities within your institutions.”

By the end of 2019 Irish HEIs will be required to secure Athena SWAN Bronze awards to be eligible to compete for research funding allocated by Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council, and the Health Research Board. HEIs will also be required to hold Athena SWAN Silver awards by the end of 2023 to be eligible for research funding.

The full list of winners is available on our website 

For more information on Athena SWAN in Ireland, visit: 

Advance HE was formed in March 2018, following the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Our purpose is to advance the professional practice of higher education to improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society. Advance HE has been created to be “of and for the sector” and is jointly owned by GuildHE and Universities UK. We are driven by the strategic needs of higher education. Through our passion for excellence we aim to create an inclusive culture that champions the continuous development of teaching, leadership and research. We use an evidence-based approach to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions. Our vision is that the world-class reputation and standing of higher education is enhanced and recognised for transforming lives, enriching society and developing the economy for the better.