Eight UCD Schools win Athena SWAN awards for gender equality commitment

Posted 15 October, 2019

Pictured (l-r), Licia Carlesi, Senior Executive Assistant, UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Unit; Associate Professor Donal Finn, UCD College of Engineering and Architecture; Assistant Professor Simone Ciuti and Assistant Professor Antoinette Perry, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science; Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Impact; Marcellina Fogarty, Manager, UCD EDI Unit; Eimear O’Reilly, Project Officer, UCD EDI Unit;Associate Professor Marguerite Clyne, UCD School of Medicine and Rory Carey, Director Culture and Engagement, UCD

Eights Schools at University College Dublin have won Athena SWAN Bronze awards for their commitment to gender equality.

Recognised for their efforts on gender equality, the UCD School of MedicineUCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, and UCD College of Engineering and Architecture, made up of six Schools, received the honour.

Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) is a charter aimed at encouraging the career advancement of women in STEM, and higher education and research.

Each Bronze Award celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality and representation.

There are now 12 Schools at UCD which have achieved Athena SWAN awards, with a further nine Schools and one College seeking recognition.

“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,” said Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and Chair of UCD’s Gender Equality Action Group.

“The Athena SWAN process is central to our ability to deliver on this objective and deliver on UCD’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

She added: “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.”

Building on UCD’s institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2017, these awards mark the second round of UCD Schools that have received Bronze Award status.

The UCD Schools with Athena SWAN Awards:

  • UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science (May 2019)
  • UCD School of Veterinary Medicine (May 2019)
  • UCD School of Archaeology (May 2019)
  • UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science (May 2019)
  • UCD School of Medicine (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Civil Engineering (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (October 2019)
  • UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. (October 2019)

These Schools encompass some 1350 faculty and staff and almost 10,000 students.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations