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Dept of Humanities Athena Swan committee to host two days of special guest talks

03/02/2021 09:03:00

The Department of Humanities Athena SWAN committee has arranged eight separate online talks for staff and students by a host of gender equality specialists to take place this Thursday and Friday (4th and 5th of February) as part of the institute’s ongoing awareness programme in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Data collected from staff and students for the Department of Humanities Athena SWAN application identified the value of guest speakers to inform learning around gender equality and greater Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues. With this in mind, eight guest talks have been arranged to promote awareness and develop knowledge to support our commitment to learning about and addressing equality, diversity and inclusion related issues. The talks will be extremely informative for both staff and students”, said Maeve Murphy, the Athena SWAN project manager.

The series kicks  off on Thursday at 10am with Prof. Laura Lundy of Queen University Belfast who will speak on the subject of child rights-based research with children and young people. Following this, there will be discussions with Karl Byrne from Pathways Ireland on positive male role models and gender balance in social care while Catherine O’Flynn, a partner in William Fry, will talk about EDI in the legal profession and recent developments in law relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.

In the afternoon, the subject matter is Gender Equitable Practice: The General Friendly Nursery with discussion around how gender stereotypes affect us and how to develop gender equitable practice in the early years and beyond.

Friday’s talks begin with a discussion on gender and mental health in the pandemic by Northern Ireland health champion Prof. Siobhan O’Neill. Debbie Janson, a senior lecturer in engineering at University of Bath will talk about the role of gender in design. In the afternoon, there will be a discussion about awareness, understanding and integration with input by IT Carlow former student Bronwyn April. Following this, Dr. Mary Delany who is the head of library and information services at IT Carlow will explore how library collections can inform teaching, learning and research practice with EDI content.

Those wishing to attend any of the talks must register at this link.  There is a limit on the number of places for each talk, so early booking is advised.

Pictured is Prof Laura Lundy of Queens University Belfast, who will speak on Thursday.