Maria Munroe, Chief Technical Officer and Prof Gary Walsh, Deputy Chairs of the successful Department of Chemical Sciences Athena SWAN committee were delighted to receive the Bronze Athena SWAN award on behalf of the committee from University of Limerick President Kerstin Mey at a presentation ceremony last week.
Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Established in 2005, it is a charter managed by the British Equality Challenge Unit. Athena SWAN was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employment in higher education and research.
This Bronze award is in recognition of the Chemical Science department's commitment to promoting gender equality and to identifying and addressing gender-related challenges within the department. The department is committed to implementing a four-year action plan to ensure an inclusive culture where all staff and students feel valued, welcome, and integrated, and have equal access to opportunities. The CS Athena Swan committee is composed of a well-rounded group of representatives from all roles and career grades within the department.