Trinity College Dublin, was presented with the Sustainable Gender Equality Champion at a ceremony in the European Commission on 8 March 2023. The winners of the four categories of European Union Awards for Gender Equality Champions were announced by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

These new awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding results achieved in the implementation of gender equality plans by academic and research organisations. The Trinity delegation to collect the award comprised of Professor Lorraine Leeson, Associate Vice-Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Graeme Watson, Chair of the Trinity Athena Swan Champions Network, Antoinette Quinn, Director of Human Resources, Dr Siobán O’Brien Green, Acting Equality Officer and Professor Eileen Drew (now retired) who played a key role in bringing the Athena Swan gender equality programme to Ireland.

The delegation was delighted to meet with Deputy Director-General Joanna Drake DG Research & Innovation after the ceremony to discuss ways to embed gender equality into the EU R&I ecosystem and how to share good practice and experiences from the four winners with other universities and research performing institutions.

AVPEDI, Prof. Lorraine Leeson posing for photograph with EU-Horizon award.

The TCD delegation pose for a photo with the EU-Horizon group with the award.

Provost Linda Doyle said: “I am very proud that Trinity has won this award. Gender equality is a cornerstone of the deep-rooted fairness that we want Trinity to always embody. We have more to do and this wonderful award reminds us that we are on the right track. I want to acknowledge the work of the team in our Equality Office, particularly our Associate Vice-Provost for EDI, Prof Lorraine Leeson, and Acting Equality Officer, Dr Siobán O’Brien Green. I also want to acknowledge the work of our Director of HR, Antoinette Quinn, and our HR team for their work in this key area.” 

Professor Lorraine Leeson, Associate Vice-Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:

“This is a wonderful recognition of the intentional interventions that have been made over an extended period of time to open up pathways to participation for women in Trinity. There is a proverb that says that, when we drink water, we should never forget those who helped to dig the well: this award then also gives us the opportunity to stop and reflect on the incredible commitment to change that has been brought about over the past century, the past decades, and in the past years.  There is still a way to go but today, we celebrate this incredible recognition of the work that has been done.” 

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