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Athena SWAN

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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), which covers applications to the charter from 26 higher education institutions. Engagement with the charter is a key pillar of Ireland’s national strategy for gender equality with progress linked to institutional eligibility for funding from Ireland’s major research agencies. The objective of the Athena SWAN Ireland 2021 charter framework is to support higher education institutions, academic departments, and professional units in impactful and sustainable gender equality work and to build capacity for evidence-based equality work across the equality grounds enshrined in Irish legislation.

MIC achieved the Athena SWAN Institution Bronze award in 2019 and work is ongoing to implement the four-year action plan. Renewal of this award is due for submission in November 2023 following the new Athena SWAN Framework process. The new framework seeks to acknowledge and account for wider EDI work being undertaken by HEIs.

On successful retention of the bronze award, MIC will be required to work towards Silver accreditation in 2027.

The Faculty of Arts submitted its first Bronze level award in June 2022 with results due in Autumn 2022. A Faculty Level steering group will be set up in Autumn 2022 to oversee implementation of the action plan and work towards renewal/silver in 2025. This steering group will be drawn from existing SAT members and new members will be recruited annually.

The Faculty of Education will submit its first Bronze level award in 2024.

MIC Athena Swan Twitter account

Athena Swan - One Year On

March 2021:

It is hard to believe that this time last year we announced our successful attainment of our Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award, and what a year it has been. To mark the milestone of an year on from announcing our successful attainment of our Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award, we have developed a short video here and below. The video reflects on the importance of Athena SWAN within MIC and nationally.

Thanks to our colleagues for their involvement and also to Dr Ross Woods (HEA), Dr Victoria Brownlee and Sarah Fink (both Athena SWAN Ireland) who provided an overview at national sector level. Special thanks to Ben Sweeney and Dr Deirdre Flynn for their assistance in creating the video.

Screenshot of video where Prof. Niamh Hourigan VPAA at MIC is speaking about Athena SWAN.
Athena Swan One Year On
The video reflects on the importance of Athena SWAN within MIC and nationally.

Faculty of Arts Athena Swan

Athena Swan Bronze for the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts began it's Athena Swan journey in 2020 with the development of the self-assessment team (SAT). The SAT comprises of both academic and professional service staff. All academic departments within the Faculty are represented on the SAT as well as members from the Limerick and Thurles campus. 

The team was chaired by the Dean of Arts, Professor William Leahy and Vice-Chair, Dr Joan O’Sullivan. The SAT conducted a comprehensive review of gender equality involving a faculty-wide survey and multiple focus groups with staff and students, the results of which were compared with results from similar academic departments and institutions. A final self-assessment report was issued to the Athena Swan judging panel earlier this year.

In September 2022, the Faculty received the news that the bronze application had been successful and work now focuses on implementing the four year action plan. Read more here

Faculty of Arts Athena Swan Bronze Award
Faculty of Arts Athena Swan Bronze Award
Dr Joan O'Sullivan, SAT Vice-Chair; Prof William Leahy, Dean of Arts; Dr Deirdre Flynn, SAT member

Self-Assessment Team

Institution Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
Institution Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
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