ATHENA SWAN & EDI
The School of Medicine was conferred with an Athena SWAN Bronze Award at an awards ceremony at the RCSI in Dublin on 24th October 2019. The award is in recognition of the School’s commitment to promoting gender equality and to identifying and addressing gender-related challenges in the School. The submission team, led by Professor Ailish Hannigan (second from the right), included representatives from all staff roles & students in the School.
Athena SWAN & EDI at the School of Medicine
The Athena SWAN charter is committed to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) rather than focus exclusively on barriers to progression that affect women. The charter is based on ten principles which commit to addressing inequalities such as career progression, gender pay gap and discriminatory treatment. You can read more about the Athena SWAN Charter at: https://www.ul.ie/equality-diversity-inclusion/athena-swan/about-athena-swan-charter
The School of Medicine (SoM) perceives diversity, equality and inclusion as significant strengths and strives to create a secure place to work that cultivates diverse perspectives, belonging, aspirations and personal growth. By facilitating the personal development of each person who contributes to the SoM, we can shape the school’s culture and identity required to deliver the School's commitment to the Athena Swan Charter and the values of equality, diversity, and inclusion in line with Institution principles. You can read more about the core aims of the University’s Athena SWAN/Gender Action Plan and EDI strategies here: https://www.ul.ie/equality-diversity-inclusion/athena-swan
The SoM sits within the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences (EHS). By placing Athena SWAN & EDI values at the heart of our Faculty & School’s culture, we recognise that these values underpin our pursuit of progressive change for our staff and students. You can access more detailed information on Athena SWAN & EDI initiatives at the EHS Faculty site: https://www.ul.ie/ehs/equality-and-diversity/athena-swan
SoM Athena SWAN Bronze Award and Action Plan
As part of the Athena SWAN process the SoM has a Self Assessment Team (SAT) comprising of representatives from academic and professional staff and the student body. The SAT considers practices and processes within the School which helps inform and progress our Athena SWAN action plan. The action plan outlines the School’s strategies, supports and policies to improve gender equality and promote a supportive and inclusive environment for our students, academic, research, professional and support staff. The School of Medicine was proud to achieve an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2019. The submission team, led by Professor Ailish Hannigan, included representatives from staff and students in the School. This award acknowledges our commitment to promoting equality and inclusivity among our entire SoM community.
Updates to our action plan and achievements in 2020/2021 can be found here together with present members of the SoM Athena SWAN SAT.
Progress across SoM Athena SWAN & EDI actions in 2020/2021
SoM Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team in 2020/2021
Evelyn Murphy (Chair), Deirdre McGrath (Head of School), Sharon Nolan & Josephine Lynch (School Managers), Rachel Long (Year 3 BMBS student), Saja Abid Al Hadi (Year 2 BMBS student), Patrick Kiely (Assoc Prof), Sarah Harney (Senior Lecturer), Hilda Fogarty (Technical Officer), Elaine Kolshus (Clinical Tutor), Una McInerney (Research Project Manager), Mariam Sheehan (Clinical Tutor), Aoife McDonnell (PBL and Clinical Skills Tutor), Patrick O'Donnell (Clinical Fellow and PhD candidate), Suranga Senan (Clinical Tutor), Hilary Curley (Research Associate, EHS Faculty) and Avril Dalton (Administrator).