Athena SWAN Charter

Athena SWAN Charter

Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland

The Athena SWAN charter is a framework that is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality in higher education and research. The charter launched in Ireland in 2015 with a specific remit to encourage and recognise the commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment. The charter has since been expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) and staff working in professional, managerial and support roles (PMSS). The framework also now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, including consideration of the experience of trans staff and students, as well as the underrepresentation of men in particular disciplines.

The Charter is based on ten key principles which encompass a range of equality issues such as:

  • Commitment to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality,
  • Recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality,
  • Commitment to addressing the loss of women along the career pipeline,
  • Addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional services,
  • Tackling the gender pay gap,
  • Commitment to tackling discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people,
  • Active leadership of advancing gender equality from those in senior roles,
  • Intersectionality and in particular the intersection of gender and ethnicity in influencing recruitment and career development paths.

DkIT achieves Athena SWAN Bronze award for commitment to gender equality

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has been awarded the international Athena SWAN Bronze Award by AdvanceHE in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality in academia, and in promoting diversity and inclusion for staff and students in higher education.

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