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Athena SWAN

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Department Award by Advance HE in April 2019, recognising our School’s commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. 

The award was achieved following a rigorous review and assessment period conducted by the School of Veterinary Medicine Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT), led by Professor Torres Sweeney, beginning in September 2017.

The School’s SAT continues to meet regularly to progress and implement our Athena SWAN Action Plan, ensuring the ongoing transformation of our culture to consistently drive gender equality, inclusion and tolerance for all faculty, staff and students.

We welcome feedback that helps us to address our Athena SWAN objectives; SAT members can be contacted at their email addresses below or you can send any comments or suggestions to vetathenaswan@ucd.ie. You can also find us on Twitter @UCDVetAthenaSWAN.

Self Assessment Team (SAT)

The SAT comprises 24 staff and students and represents the School’s mixture of genders, roles, grades and career stages. It is made up of members of senior management, professors/ lecturers, clinical staff, professional staff, research staff and students.

Athena SWAN Charter

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

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) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015, the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Athena SWAN charter commits education institutions to adopt ten principles to tackle gender inequality and the underrepresentation of women in senior roles in higher education.

UCD signed the Athena SWAN charter in 2015 and received the Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in March 2017 in recognition of its commitment to improving gender equality. The award is given to higher education institutions that have demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of gender equality issues and have enacted an action plan to tackle them.

By the end of 2019, Higher Education Institutions in Ireland will be required to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award to be eligible for research funding from Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council and the Health Research Board.