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Athena SWAN

Trinity College Dublin School of Linguistics Speech and Communication Sciences is delighted to announce its engagement with Athena SWAN which promotes gender and diversity equality in higher education. Trinity College Dublin currently holds an institutional Athena Swan bronze award. For more information on Athena Swan and TCD, please see

The School of Linguistics Speech and Communication Sciences is committed to gender equality and is working towards accreditation by Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN charter aims to support and encourage universities to work towards gender equality within the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines.  The charter has since expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Contact Details

Athena SWAN
Dr Kathleen McTiernan, Athena SWAN Champion
School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter, launched in June 2005, was developed in conjunction with the Equality Challenge Unit to advance the representation of women in STEMM disciplines in higher education and research.

  • The Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM
  • Submission are made in November and April, and awards are given for 3 years

Charter Principles

The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles:

  1. Acknowledgement that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all
  2. Commitment to advancing gender equality in academia
  3. Commitment to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions
  4. Commitment to tackling the gender pay gap
  5. Commitment to removing the obstacles faced by women at major points of career development and progression
  6. Commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia
  7. Commitment to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people
  8. Acknowledgement that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and, in particular, active leadership from those in senior roles
  9. Commitment to making sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality
  10. Commitment to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

What is SLSCS doing?

Representatives from all the areas in the School are working on putting together an application for Athena SWAN Bronze award, due to be submitted in January 2021. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the Athena SWAN process, or if you have any thoughts as to how to increase the number of women in senior roles within the School. 
Working with the Charter is helping us to identify and follow best practice. The main areas in which good practice can make a difference are:

  • Appointment and selection
  • Promotions
  • Career Development
  • Career Development for Early Career Researchers
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Career Breaks
  • Organisation and culture

Our Athena SWAN Team

Team Member

Title, Role in School of Linguistics Speech and Communication Sciences

Dr Lorna Carson

Head of School (HOS), Associate Professor in Linguistics, Centre for Language and Communication Studies

Dr Kathleen McTiernan 

Athena Swan Champion, Assistant Professor in Psychology, CSLS, Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate

Dr Bronagh Ćatibušić

Assistant Professor, Centre for Language and Communication Studies

Carmel Grehan

Assistant Professor, Centre for Deaf Studies

Aoife Hendrick

Undergraduate Student, Centre for Deaf Studies

Dr Ciarán Kenny

Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology, Clinical Speech and Language Studies

Aideen Lynam

PhD Student, Clinical Speech and Language Studies

Prof Ailbhe Ní Chasaide

Professor in Phonetics, Centre for Language and Communication Studies

Dr Breffni O’Rourke

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, CLCS

Dr Sarah Sheridan 

Assistant Professor, Centre for Deaf Studies

Dr Irene Walsh

Associate Professor in Speech and Language Pathology, Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Director of Research

Dr Irena Yanushevskaya Research Fellow (Post-doctorate research staff), Centre for Language and Communication Studies

Dr Chung Kam Kwok

Teaching Fellow, CLCS