Dept. of Humanities Launches Athena Swan Bronze Award Application

11/02/2020 09:35:00

The Department of Humanities has launched its application for a bronze Athena SWAN award.

The move follows on from the Institute achieving the Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2019. While a number of third-level departments have already received the award in Ireland, no Department of Humanities has received the award to date. 

The Athena SWAN award is a highly valued international accolade presented by AdvanceHE, awarded in recognition of gender equality in academia and the promotion of diversity and inclusion for staff and students in higher education. Supported by the Higher Education Authority, Athena SWAN launched in Ireland in 2015 and was further embodied in the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions 2016. 

Commenting on the application, Maeve Murphy, Project Manager of the Department of Humanities said,  'As a multidisciplinary department straddling Professional Social Care, Early Childhood Education and Care, Law, Legal Studies, Industrial Design and Product Design Innovation, this application is a great opportunity to highlight our specific challenges and commitments to gender equality. This process is a collaborative one and a great opportunity for staff and students to have an impact within their own department on gender, equality and diversity issues”.

Dr Eileen Doyle Walsh, Head of Department of Humanities, commented, “We are delighted that the Department of Humanities, as part of the Institutes Gender Equality Action Plan, will apply for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. As a diverse Department, this affords us the opportunity to hold a mirror up to ourselves and evaluate, not only our successes in terms of gender equality, diversity and inclusion, but also identify the challenges we face and, together in partnership, develop an action plan to address these challenges. This is an exciting time within the Department and together we look forward to progressing and supporting a culture within the Institute where gender equality, diversity and inclusion is celebrated”.