Athena SWAN at the School of Agriculture and Food Science

Members of School of Agriculture and Food Science EDI Committee receiving the Bronze Athena SWAN award from Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD on 24th October 2019 (from left): Shona Baker, Frank Monahan, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Saoirse Tracy, Henna Kinsella.

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 2015 the Higher Education Authority supported a major national initiative to launch the Athena SWAN charter in Ireland. The Charter is based on ten principles which commit to addressing inequalities such as career progression, gender pay gap and discriminatory treatment. You can view it at: https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/athena-swan-ireland/

UCD was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award in March 2018 and the School of Agriculture and Food Science was one of the first UCD Schools to be awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award in May 2019.  The submission required a wide ranging data gathering exercise and an honest reflection on gender balance in our school. Part of the process also involved the development of a four-year action plan with wide ranging initiatives, which we are now implementing.