Athena SWAN at the School of Economics
UCD School of Ecoomics has received an Athena Swan Bronze Award, highlighting our commitment to gender equality.
Chairs of the UCD School of Economics and the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics EDI Committee receiving the Bronze Athena SWAN award in March 2020 (from right): Prof Ron Davis, Assoc. Prof Orla Doyle, Prof Orla Feely, Prof Bettina Migge, Dr. Pascale Baker.
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 Economics became the first economics department in Ireland to be awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award in March 2020. 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.
A copy of our Athena Swan Action Plan can be found here.