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Addressing gender inequality and other issues form a key part of the MIC EDII Strategy. We will continue to work on national priorities and processes that underpin gender equality, engage with colleagues nationally and develop a series of systems to support gender-based violence among the student body.

Athena Swan Frameworks

The Athena Swan Charter launched in the Republic of Ireland in early 2015. The extension of the Charter to Ireland was made possible through funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Engagement with the Charter is a key pillar of Ireland’s National Strategy for Gender Equality with progress linked to institutional compact and key performance indicators for funding. Key objectives of the new and revised 2021 Athena Swan Ireland Charter Framework is to support higher education institutions, academic departments, and professional units be impactful and sustain gender equality work and to build capacity for evidence-based equality work across the equality grounds enshrined in Irish legislation. 

Institution Level: MIC achieved the Athena Swan Institution Bronze Award in 2019 and work is ongoing to implement and embed the four-year action plan. The renewal of this Award is due for submission in November 2023 that aligns with the new Athena Swan Framework process. The new framework seeks to acknowledge and account for wider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work being undertaken by higher education institutions. On successful retention of the Bronze award, MIC will be required to work towards Silver accreditation in 2027. The EDII Office will develop a process with the EDII Implementation Committee to undertake the self-assessment process commencing with a review of the Institutional Action Plan in mid 2022 followed by the formation of the assessment plan and report writing.    

Faculty Level: The Faculty of Arts submitted its first Bronze level award in June 2022 and was successfully awarded on 1 September 2022 with a strong commendation. The EDII Office will support the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and his team oversee implementation of the Action Plan and work towards a renewal/silver in 2025. The EDII Office will work with the Dean of the Faculty of Education to plan and work towards submission of Bronze Award in 2024.