A‌thena SWAN at SLCL

The Athena Swan charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment 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 (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.

UCD was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in March 2017 and is now supporting nine schools to apply for Athena Swan School awards.

SLCL applied for the Bronze AS award in November 2018. We were very close to being awarded it and are currently assessing our position regarding a re-submission.

We would like to thank all previous members of the SAT Team for their support and hard work on the first Athena Swan Application:

  • Sandra Weber (DAAD Lecturer in German Studies)
  • Selena Daly (Lecturer in Italian Studies)
  • Milica Djurdjevic-Flatley (PhD candidate in Spanish Studies and tutor)
  • Jason Andres (BA Joint Honours, Major in Information & Social Computing and Linguistics)
  • Rosemary Shannon (MLitt candidate in Linguistics)

Below the SAT Team in November 2018:

Our achivements to date:

  • We have produced a hiring statement taking into consideration EDI issues
  • SLCL has embedded AS and related EDI issues into all Council and Executive meetings
  • We have produced an email policy for staff with awareness of EDI issues
  • We have invited 2 successful AS chairs to come and discuss how receiving the AS Bronze award has benefited their Schools and to take questions from members of the School
  • We have expanded the SAT to include a wider array of staff including male and senior staff for greater representation and to get the AS and gender equality message to resonate more clearly
  • We are engaging with the issues raised in our application by hearing feedback on it from the AS assessment panel which will then assist us with any re-submission
  • We have appointed an EDI officer for SLCL, the former SLCL EDI officer was appointed EDI representative for the Collge of Arts and Humanities
  • We have worked on the SLCL staff handbook, the handbook will be published in September 2019