Athena SwanThe School of Medicine has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in the latest round of awards for its commitment and action to improve gender equality.

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognises representation, progression of students into academia, journey through career milestones and working environment for staff.

Welcoming the award, Prof. Colin Doherty, Head of School of Medicine said:

“The School of Medicine is honoured to have been conferred with an Athena SWAN Bronze award at the recent ceremony at the Technological University in Mayo. Our commitment to gender equality is something that we are extremely proud of and we are delighted that this has been recognised with the Bronze Award. I would like to thank all staff in school in particular our Athena SWAN champions who helped us through the rigorous process of selection.”

The award was one of three awarded to Trinity College at the award in ceremony in the Atlantic Technological University in Mayo recently, along with the Schools of English, and Religion, Theology and Peace Studies. 32 awards in total were conferred across 13 higher education institutions in Ireland.