Athena SWAN for Schools

The Athena SWAN School accreditation recognises a Schools commitment to gender equality for staff and students and advancing the careers of women in research and employment in higher education. Schools must undertake a self-assessment of gender equality challenges and develop tailored actions plans to tackle gender inequality and enhance inclusion. UCD is committed to supporting Schools achieve Athena SWAN accreditation as part of its University level UCD Gender Equality Action Plan 2020-2024 overseen by the University Gender Equality Action Group. The University has committed to the following School level targets under the action plan.  

UCD has fourteen Athena SWAN Bronze School Awards including one Athena SWAN Bronze College level Award covering 6 Schools.  Twenty UCD Schools are covered by Athena SWAN awards and implementing Gender Equality Action Plans.

I am delighted to congratulate the five latest UCD Schools on this success and their work on encouraging greater progression of gender equity. These awards recognises the following Schools: the School of Chemistry;  School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems; School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science; School of Politics and International Relations; School of  Psychology's strong commitment to gender equality and their reflection on how their Schools can create a more inclusive place of learning, research and work for all to advance in the discipline. These Schools will implement ambitious action plans to progress gender equality in the Schoosaid Professor Colin Scott, Vice President for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, UCD.

 

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UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit support Schools in the accreditation process. Contact edi@ucd.ie and request a meeting. The EDI Project Officer will support those chairing the Athena SWAN process, onboarding the Self-Assessment Team, attending SAT meetings and guiding Chairs throughout the Athena SWAN process.

What resources are available?

A suite of resources is available from the EDI Unit to support Chairs establish a self-assessment team and throughout the accreditation process.

UCD Athena SWAN School Resources:

  • School Gender Analytics Dashboard
  • Data visuals template
  • UCD Athena SWAN Guide to Data
  • Staff and Student Survey and Consultations Templates
  • Benchmarking reports
  • Self-Assessment Team Meeting Supporting Documents
  • Successful Athena SWAN Submissions

Athena SWAN Application and Handbook 

In addition to the chair or co-chairs, the team should include people from a variety of backgrounds and with different experiences, with consideration of intersectionality.

UCD requires Chairs to be:

  • A senior academic
  • A minimum of 24 months working in UCD
  • A permanent staff member and passed their probation

If a co-chair model is adopted, the co-chair can be at an earlier career stage. However, it is recommended that early career staff such as Assistant Professors are members of the SAT rather than appointed as co-chairs.

SAT A proportion of men and women that reflects the gender profile of the School should be represented on the SAT. Where the numbers of women (or men) in a department are very small, it may be that one gender is overrepresented on the SAT due to small numbers, for example: if there are only four women in a department of 25 and two of them sit on an SAT of six, the SAT would be 33% women while the department is only 16% women. It is vital that the composition of the SAT does not lead to a disproportionate burden on underrepresented groups.

A group of academics, professional and support staff, researchers, and students at different grades and levels that is representative of the submitting School. This should include full time and part time staff, and staff on different contract types. The application requires extensive quantitative and qualitative data, which requires in-depth analysis and good presentation, so that it may be readily interpreted by others. You may want to include someone on your SAT who can take the lead on producing relevant data sets.

Individuals with knowledge of, skills and experience in advancing gender equality. This may be a mix of both lived experience and that gained through research and scholarship.

For more information, see Setting up SAT Guide

Athena SWAN Accredited UCD Schools

School/CollegeAccreditationGender Equality Action Plan
School of Archaeology Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan
School of Agriculture and Food Science Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan
School of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan
School of Chemistry Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan to follow
School of Veterinary Medicine Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan
School of Biology and Environmental Science Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan to follow
School of Medicine Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan
College of Engineering and Architecture  Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan 
School of Economics Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan 
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics   Bronze  Gender Equality Action Plan 
School of Law Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan to follow
School of Physics Juno Practitioner Award Gender Equality Action Plan
School of Politics and International Relations Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan to follow
School of Psychology Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan to follow
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Bronze Gender Equality Action Plan to follow

 

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SchoolsDate
School of Physics (JUNO) November 2020
College of Business  April 2021
School of Computer Science April 2021
School of History November 2021

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UCD Athena SWAN Thought Leadership Series

UCD EDI Unit holds annual thought leadership and good practice events, conferences and webinars on gender equality and inclusion in higher education. Check out our latest webinars on gender equality and inclusion and EDI data.

  • Gender Equality & Promotions: Professor Caroline Dessent, Physical Chemistry, University of York (Gold Athena SWAN accreditation)
  • Cultural Change: Dr Neil Cooke, School of Nursing, University of Ulster (Silver accreditation)
  • Applying for a Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN Award: Dr Victoria Brownlee, Athena SWAN Ireland, Advance HE
  • Good Practice and applying for a Silver Application: Dr Gabriele Di Chiara, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queens University Belfast
  • UCD Gender Equality Good Practice @ School, College & University Level: Professor Frank Monahan, School of Agriculture and Food Science, Dr John Healy, College of Engineering & Architecture, Marcellina Fogarty, Strategic EDI Manager, EDI Unit