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Trinity College Dublin Law School Awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The Law School is awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The School of Law at Trinity College Dublin is delighted to announce that it has been granted a Bronze Athena SWAN gender equality Award by Advance HE/Athena SWAN.

Until now, no Law School in the Republic of Ireland has been granted such an award.

Now, as of September 2020, both the Law School at Trinity College Dublin and the Department of Law at Maynooth University have been awarded Bronze - the first two Law Schools in this jurisdiction to receive this important gender equality award.

The award, granted September 2020, is valid until April 2024.

Background to Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) Charter is the internationally recognised quality mark for gender equality in universities/colleges.

The Charter was established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in the UK to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the scope of the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines, staff in professional and support roles, and for trans* staff and students. The Charter, now run by Advance HE, now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, not just the barriers to progression that affect women.

The Charter was expanded to Ireland in 2014, managed by ECU and supported by the HEA. Accreditation under the Charter is made at bronze, silver and gold levels. Trinity College Dublin has a bronze medal at institutional level, awarded in 2015 and renewed in 2019, but Schools and Faculties can also apply separately; a number in TCD have already carried out the process. More information about the Charter in Trinity can be accessed here.

The application process involves the gathering of quantitative data broken down by gender, and the conduct of surveys of both staff and students; followed by the writing-up and devising of an Action Plan for gender equality.

Five Schools at Trinity – Social Work and Social Policy; Physics; Genetics and Microbiology; Psychology; and Law – have secured bronze Athena SWAN awards in the latest round. More information here.