International Women’s Day 2023 - Networking Lunch

The School of Medicine celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 with a Networking Lunch held in the Kevin Barry Gallery in the Charles Institute.

The event, attended by staff and graduate research students, was opened by Associate Dean for EDI Associate Professor Marguerite Clyne. Dr. Clyne welcomed all attendees and outlined how important it was to celebrate IWD and introduced our newly appointed Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact in the School, Professor Catherine Godson.

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Professor Godson spoke about the importance of EDI in the workplace and highlighted the work of women researchers in the School, including two recent SFI Frontiers for the Future grant awardees - Assistant Professor Melinda Halasz and Assistant Professor Carol Aherne. Also, Assistant Professor Fiona McGillicuddy, who was project lead in the team that won the UCD Start-up of the Year Award for Met Health, an emerging medtech start-up venture focused on transforming obesity care.

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Posters were on display showcasing some of the work of the EDI committee and the Athena SWAN self-assessment team who are currently working on an application for the School to renew our bronze award. Attendees were able to submit their responses to questions posed on a mood board about how the EDI committee can best support them.

The School is committed to its EDI strategic objectives and the committee is always open to ideas and feedback:

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UCD School of Medicine IWD (International Women’s Day) 2022 Virtual Event – Tues 8th March @ 1pm


The theme of 2022’s IWD is BREAKING THE BIAS.

The School of Medicine EDI Committee was delighted to invite the two speakers at this years virtual event:

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  • Prof Karina Butler, Specialist Consultant in Paediatrics and Infectious Disease, CHI, Chair, NIAC (National Immunisation Advisory Committee) & NPHET Member
  • Dr Trish Scanlan, Paediatric Oncologist, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Interim Director of Global Health at CHILDREN'S HEALTH IRELAND

Prof Butler and Dr Scanlan joined us to reflect on

  • Their decision to focus their careers in paediatrics
  • Their path to the key appointments in their careers
  • Their views on gender bias in the workplace (in healthcare settings) in Ireland and Tanzania respectively
  • The challenges they (as women) have encountered in their career especially during the pandemic
  • How they overcame those challenges and ‘called out’ any inequality that they experienced
  • How they coach and advise their female co-workers when they encounter bias in the workplace

UCD School of Medicine IWD (International Women’s Day) 2021 Virtual Event – Mon 8th March @ 1pm

UCD School of Medicine EDI Committee hosted a really energising and interesting conversation between Dr Fiona McGillicuddy, Assistant Professor, Cardiometabolic Research Group, Diabetes Complications Research Centre, UCD and Dr Gabrielle Colleran, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist and Vice-President IHCA on IWD 2021. The conversation focused on work-life balance, C-19 childcare challenges, where women are (or not) in C-19 leadership roles and engaging more women in leadership. Dr Colleran prompted us to think about the systemic patriarchal inequality, the power of surrounding ourselves with energising, positive, solutions orientated women, building a more inclusive, diverse, representative society and always keeping another person’s dignity at the centre of communication.