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Gender Equality in UCD

Page Updated: 2nd February 2024

University College Dublin (UCD) is committed to supporting gender diversity, equality and inclusion in the University. For more information on how UCD is making strides in gender equality and how you can support UCD in contributing to positive change for everyone, continue reading below.

In 2020, UCD received its second Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award in recognition of the university’s work towards gender equality. To achieve this accreditation the institution demonstrated that it had undertaken a thorough self-assessment of gender equality challenges and has developed a detailed action plan to tackle them. To view UCD's Gender Equality 2020 -2024 action plan please click here.

UCD is currently preparing its Athena SWAN institutional silver application which involves the development of a new, four-year Gender Equality Action Plan 2024-2028. The involvement of the UCD community is essential to ensure that an ambitious gender equality action plan is developed and that gaps which currently exist are identified and addressed. Whilst the Athena SWAN process and action plan continue to place an emphasis on gender equality, the revised Athena SWAN Charter is encompasses EDI principles more broadly across all equality grounds.

To learn more about the revised Athena SWAN Charter please click here.

More information and supports can be found below.

Additional Resources & Information on Athena SWAN.

With Horizon Europe, the Commission re-affirms its commitment to gender equality in research and innovation and sets gender equality as a cross-cutting priority. As a result, having a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) will be an eligibility criterion for certain categories of legal entities, including public bodies, from EU Member States and associated countries. This requirement will apply to all calls for proposals with a deadline in 2022 onwards. Horizon Europe has set out what it requires in a GEP with four mandatory process-related requirements as follows:

  1. Publication of a formal document
  2. Dedicated resources in gender equality
  3. Data collection and monitoring of gender
  4. Training and awareness raising on gender equality/unconscious bias

There are also five thematic themes that it requires an institution to address either in the GEP or broader EDI action plans (see Figure 1). The following statement demonstrates how UCD meets these GEP requirements in Horizon Europe.

Figure 1: Horizon Europe GEP Eligibility

Download the Horizon Europe - GEP Requirements document

Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: edi@ucd.ie