What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) charter recognises the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression, and success for all.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise the commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.  In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. For more information see https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/.

What is the team working on?


School of Engineering Student Ambassadors

The overall aim of the Engineering Ambassadors programme is to increase the number of female students taking up Engineering courses, by providing role models to secondary students.  Students from the School of Engineering will return to their own secondary schools to talk about studying engineering. There are currently 32 women who have volunteered to be an Engineering Ambassador, from 2nd to 4th year across and Aeronautical, Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering in UL – volunteers welcome from General Engineering (1st), and also from Design and Manufacture Engineering and Civil Engineering, please contact Reena Cole.

Current Members

The School Athena SWAN team was set up in April 2017. The current members of the School team are:

  • Mannthalah Abubaker
  • Reena Cole (Chair)
  • Nigel Coleman
  • Gerry Higgins
  • Ingrid Hunt
  • Sean O'Brien
  • David T. O'Connor
  • Louise O'Donoghue
  • Noel O'Dowd
  • Louise Madden
  • John McMahon
  • John Mulvihill
  • John Murnane
  • Norah Patten
  • Jeremy Robinson
  • Terence Ryan
  • Walter Stanley
  • Darragh Walsh