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Athena Swan Bronze Award

UCD takes steps to enhance gender equality for staff and students

 Representatives leading gender equality strategies for Athena SWAN award

L-R: Representatives leading gender equality strategies for UCD School of Biology and Environment Science, College of Engineering and Architecture and School of Medicine and members of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit. Licia Carlesi, Senior Executive Assistant, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit,  Associate Professor, Donal Finn, College of Engineering and Architecture, Simone Ciuti, Assistant Professor and Antoinette Perry Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, Professor Orla Feely, Vice President, Research, Innovation and Impact, Marcellina Fogarty, Manager, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Eimear O’Reilly, Project Officer, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Associate Professor, Marguerite Clyne,  School of Medicine,  Rory Carey, Director Culture and Engagement, absent from photo Associate Professor Elizabeth Shotton, College of Engineering and Architecture, Professor Denis Shields, School of Medicine,  University College Dublin

Thursday, 10th October 2019, University College Dublin’s School of Medicine, School of Biology and Environmental Science and College of Engineering and Architecture (made up of a further six Schools), have received Athena SWAN Bronze awards for their commitment to gender equality. These awards were made on the basis of a gender equality action plan that describes how the Schools involved will drive gender equality for their faculty, staff and students.

Together with four previous UCD Schools that achieved Athena SWAN awards in Spring 2019, twelve UCD Schools have now achieved Athena SWAN recognition and are delivering on their ambitious gender equality action plans.  These Schools encompass some 1350 faculty & staff and almost 10,000 students.

“I am delighted to congratulate the Schools that have achieved this success on the basis of their commitment to delivering gender equality, encouraging greater female participation in STEM and ultimately making UCD a more inclusive place to work and study for everyone,” said Professor Orla Feely, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact and Chair of UCD’s Gender Equality Action Group.  Building on UCD’s institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award, these awards mark the second round of UCD Schools that have embarked on a data driven audit and a School-wide consultation of gender equality and inclusion among employees and students. As a result of the audits, the Schools involved have begun to implement ambitious four-year gender equality strategies to ensure gender equality as part of UCD’s goal of being an employer and university of choice.

Examples of steps these Schools are taking to create an inclusive culture include: 

  • A minimum of 40% representation of women on interview boards and committees
  • Gender-proofing workload distribution models to ensure work is transparently and equitably allocated
  • Developing female talent via the Aurora mentorship programme
  • Outreach to secondary schools to increase participation of the underrepresented gender in their subject

Professor Feely said: “Diversity is one of the core values in UCD’s strategy, and one of our strategic objectives is the attraction and retention of an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff. The Athena SWAN process is central to our ability to deliver on this objective and deliver on UCD’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy”

A further nine Schools and one College in UCD are progressing further Athena SWAN applications.