Gender equality gold for Scotland, 08 May 2018

Advance HE is pleased to announce the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing has been awarded an Athena SWAN department gold award, recognising its commitment to gender equality.

The institute joins an exclusive group of 11 Athena SWAN department gold award holders, while St George’s, University of London, joins 13 other universities in achieving an institution silver award.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter recognises higher education institutions’ and departments’ commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education. It was expanded in May 2015 to include arts, humanities, social sciences, and business and law departments (AHSSBL) and professional and support staff.

The Met Office and Plymouth Marine Laboratory are two new Bronze Research Institute award holders. In Ireland, where the charter was established in 2015, there are new institution bronze awards for National University of Ireland, Galway and Maynooth University. Maynooth University is the first Irish institution to receive an award under the expanded process.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN manager, Dr Ruth Gilligan, was delighted with the latest results. She said:
“Congratulations to all the institutions and department who have been successful in the latest round of Athena SWAN Charter awards. This has been the culmination of many months of hard work, and this achievement demonstrates your great commitment to advancing gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and AHSSBL subjects and employment.

“The November 2017 round saw 164 applications accessed and 105 awards conferred, an increase over the previous April 2017 round. The overall success rate also increased to 64% (compared with 59% in previous round).”

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter is a highly successful international programme, which has grown from ten founding university members in 2005 to 159 UK university and research institute members. Applications for awards are assessed by peer-review panels, and awards are valid for up to four years, after which the applicant must demonstrate progress to renew or upgrade their award.

The full list of winners is available on our website: www.advance-he.ac.uk 

Advance HE is formed from the merger of Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: www.advance-he.ac.uk 


Two new gender equality awards for Irish universities

Advance HE is pleased to announce Maynooth University and National University of Ireland, Galway have achieved bronze institutional awards in the latest Athena SWAN submission round.

The Athena SWAN Charter award recognises higher education institutions’ and departments’ commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education. In November 2017, the charter was expanded in Ireland to include arts, humanities, social sciences, and business and law departments (AHSSBL) and professional and support staff.

Maynooth University is the first Irish institution to obtain an expanded award.

Six new Bronze departmental awards have also been conferred to University College Cork, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences; University College Cork, School of Chemistry; University College Cork, School of Pharmacy; University of Limerick, Department of Physics; University of Limerick, School of Education; National University of Ireland Galway, School of Medicine.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN manager, Dr Ruth Gilligan, congratulated the latest awardees. She said:
“I am delighted with the results of the latest Athena SWAN submission round in Ireland, and congratulate all institutions and departments on your success.

“This has been the culmination of many months of hard work, and this achievement demonstrates your great commitment to advancing gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and AHSSBL subjects and employment.

“Advance HE looks forward to continuing to support you as you strive to improve gender inequalities within your institutions.”

By the end of 2019 Irish HEIs will be required to secure Athena SWAN Bronze awards to be eligible to compete for research funding allocated by Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council, and the Health Research Board. HEIs will also be required to hold Athena SWAN Silver awards by the end of 2023 to be eligible for research funding.

For more information on Athena SWAN in Ireland, visit: www.advance-he.ac.uk  

Advance HE is formed from the merger of Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: www.advance-he.ac.uk

 

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