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    November: DUGES Speaker Event: United Nations Sustainable Development (UNSDGG) Goal 5

    December: Disability Awareness Week 2021

    October: 12 Trinity schools were delighted to accept their awards at the Athena SWAN Ireland awards ceremony which took place on 20th October, 2021.

    September: Women Who Wow, a mentorship programme aimed at female Trinity students who are interested in setting up their own business or social venture, will launch at the end of November

    September: Trinity receives a further 4 Athena SWAN awards

    September: Joint urgent appeal to European Governments and EU institutions, on behalf of Afghanistan's scholars, students and civil society actors

    Disability Awareness Week 2021 - Events

    Trinity College will celebrate Disability Awareness Week from November 29th to December 3rd 2021, with events involving the Students' Union, Ability Coop, the Disability Research Network and Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. See the full calendar of events here.

    DUGES Speaker event, Thursday 25th November, 18:00 - Dr Siobán O'Brien Green discusses United Nations Sustainable Development (UNSDGG) Goal 5

    DUGES is delighted to welcome Dr. Siobán O’Brien Green in their first speaker event of the year.

    As part of activities highlighting 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Dr O’Brien Green will give a presentation examining the United Nations Sustainable Development (UNSDGG) Goal 5 with a focus on aspects of Goal targets 5.2 "Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation" and 5.3 "Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM)".

    Read more and register via Eventbrite here

    Athena SWAN Ireland Award ceremony, October 20th 2021

    12 Trinity schools recieved their awards in an online ceremony hosted by Advance HE. The proceedings can be watched here

    Women Who Wow: mentorship programme enters its fifth year

    Women Who Wow is a mentorship programme aimed at female Trinity students who are interested in setting up their own business or social venture one day. Founded with support from the Equality Fund in 2016, Women Who Wow is now in its fifth year of operation.

    Women Who Wow was founded with the aim of achieving gender balance in entrepreneurship-focussed programmes and work continues towards a goal of 50:50 gender participation on their programmes.

    Women Who Wow aims to match interested female students with an experienced, accessible mentor who can help and advise along the entrepreneurship journey – and beyond. Previous companies who have gotten involved with Women Who Wow include Twitter HQ, Web Summit, Huckletree, Atlantic Bridge, ConsenSys, Intel, Dogpatch Labs, Frontline Ventures, Enterprise Ireland, and more.

    The programme will launch at the end of November for mentors and students who’ve received a place, and they are delighted to welcome back alumni of the programme who are now acting as mentors having graduated from Trinity. Some of these alumni went from Women Who Wow into Tangent’s Accelerator, LaunchBox, and are still leading their startups today; others worked with mentors from specific companies in Dublin, and have now started working there themselves.

    If you are interested in finding out more about Women Who Wow, you can do so here

    Trinity’s commitment to gender equality recognised by four new Athena SWAN bronze awards

    Four Schools at Trinity College Dublin have secured Athena SWAN Bronze awards in the latest round of awards to recognise commitment and work towards gender equality.

    Trinity’s School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity Business School, the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, and the School of Biochemistry and Immunology - join ten previous Athena Swan awardees, bringing the University’s total to 14 Bronze Award holders. Their success represents an important further step in Trinity’s ongoing progress towards applying for an institutional Silver award and demonstrates the work and commitment taking place on gender equality across Trinty.

    Professor Lorraine Leeson, the incoming Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion welcomed the news of these four awards and stated: "Athena Swan awards are an important mark of recognition of the effort, time and energy that Schools have made engaging with the Athena Swan process and through the award application itself- all related to gender equality and our commitment to a College that promotes and values equality. Sincere congratulations to the four Schools on their awards and sincere appreciation to all those who worked together to achieve them."

    For more information on Athena SWAN visit

    Urgent appeal to European Governments and EU institutions, on behalf of Afghanistan's scholars, students and civil society actors

    Higher education associations, networks, and leaders in the field of scholar protection, urge European governments and EU institutions to take immediate action to secure the lives and careers of Afghanistan's scholars, students, and civil society actors. The appeal is now endorsed by 50 higher education networks, associations and organisations, with signatures still being added. It is live on SAR's website here

    Take Action Now

    Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 500 higher education institutions in 40 countries, including over 350 in Europe, whose core mission is to protect threatened scholars and intellectuals, principally by arranging temporary positions at network-member institutions for those who are unable to work safely in their home countries.