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New Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education is launched

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education (6th November 2017) has announced the establishment of a Gender Equality Taskforce.
The Minister has appointed this high level taskforce to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders.
The Task force will also oversee a national systems review of the recruitment and promotion policies and practices currently in place in higher education institutions, with a view to identifying good-practice and highlighting areas that need improvement. This will feed into the development of actions for the action plan.

For full press release see here

The Launch of Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership

TCGEL Launch

The Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership was officially launched on Wednesday 11th October at Regent House, TCD, with a special address by Dr Mary Robinson, Chancellor of the University of Dublin: "Gender and Climate Change - The need for Women's Leadership". She was welcomed by the Provost.

Provost's welcome

Interview with Dr Mary Robinson

26th Annual Conference of the European Access Network (EAN)

Equality and Diversity in Higher Education and the University of Giessen hosted the 26th Annual Conference of the European Access Network (EAN) from 20 to 22 September 2017. Under the title of “Sharing stories of empowerment: Creating new strategies for diversity and inclusion in higher education” the conference invited international practitioners, academics and other interested participants to attend workshops, lectures, plenums and open spaces to discuss equality and diversity in higher education. As one of the keynote speakers, Professor Eileen Drew of Trinity College Dublin took gender as her main focus, and spoke on “Turning gaps into GEPs (gender equality plans): Lessons for equality and diversity from Trinity College Dublin”.

For a preview of her address click here:

"Turning gaps into Gender Equality Plans: Lessons for Equality and Diversity from Trinity college Dublin".

European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) talk to Prof Eileen Drew, Director of TCGEL, in September's Interview of the Month.

Read more here

August 2017

Advancing Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions: Launch of Higher Education Institutional Profiles by Gender: HEA publishes 2016 gender-disaggregated data on the staffing of Irish higher education institutions

A year on from the publication of the Report of the Expert Group: HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (June 2016), the

Higher Education Authority (HEA) has published the second iteration of the Higher Education Institutional Staff Profiles by Gender, presenting gender-disaggregated data for 2016 on the leadership, governance, management and staffing of the universities, affiliated colleges and the institutes of technology, along with updated 3-year-average data (for 2014–2016) on the gender-breakdown of professors, associate professors, senior lecturers and lecturers. Read more here

New Trinity Policy and Guidelines for supporting staff who are breastfeeding

Now published to the HR website:

June 2017

“Athena SWAN: Driving Gender Equality in Irish Universities” Talk & Networking Lunch, Tuesday 6th June 2017

Guest Speaker Professor Rob de Bruin, UCL, talked about co-leading his department’s effort on Athena SWAN for the past eight years, and implementing their vision of #simplygoodpractice: “Where something is not fair or can be even better, we work to change it“

For more information see here

March 2017

International Women's Week: Women in Research Panel Discussion

A Women in Research panel discussion was held to celebrate International Women's Week, with audience contributions and questions. The discussion focused on the experiences of women in academia and research, including topics such as: impostor syndrome, visibility of female experts in the public, parenting while working on research contracts (maternity leave, child care, etc.).


June 2016

HEA PRESS RELEASE, Monday, 27th June 2016

Higher Education Institutions Will Risk Funding Penalties if They Fail to Address Gender Inequality

Expert Group publishes report on national review of gender equality in higher education –

Higher education institutions will risk funding being withheld if they fail to address gender inequality in the coming years.

That’s one of the outcomes of a report published today (27.06.16) on gender equality in higher education. The report was compiled by the Expert Group commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to undertake a national review of gender equality in higher education institutions. The Expert Group was chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

For the full report see

April 2016

Watch WiSER's film "All changed, changed utterly..."

In 2016 over half the students in Trinity are female, but in the 1960s a woman on campus was a rare sight. Women had to be off campus by 6.30pm, there was no maternity leave and chaperones were appointed for the first women scholars on campus. These are some of memories recalled in this fascinating look back at life for women in Trinity college.

Watch on Youtube

March 2016

WiSER Celebrate International Women’s Day

"All changed, changed utterly... ” - WiSER Film Screening Tuesday 8th March

In 2016, over half the students in Trinity are female, but in the 1960s a woman on campus was a rare sight. In this film, commissioned by WiSER, some of the very first, pioneering women academics in the university speak about their experiences, the culture of the time, what has changed over the years, and what hasn't...

The first screening of this original documentary was launched by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Director of the Long Room Hub and was followed by discussion and a reception in the Global Room.


December 2015

Trinity Conferred with Landmark Athena Swan Awards

Trinity College Dublin’s champions for seeking equality for women in higher education and research in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) disciplines received landmark Athena Swan awards at a special ceremony held at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland on 10th December. See full details here: Athena SWAN Awards

Women and Film

Colleagues from across the College launched a series of lectures and film screenings examining the place of women in international film, with each screening preceded by a short lecture.

Thursday 10 December 2015 Jennie Rothwell: Retorno a Hansala (Chus Gutiérez, 2008)
Thursday 28 January 2016 Richard Millwood: The Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis, 2015)
Thursday 4 February 2016 Conor O’Kelly: Five in the Afternoon (Persian: پنج عصر, Panj é asr, Samira Makhmalbaf, 2003)
Thursday 11 February 2016 Richard Millwood: Camille Redouble (Noémie Lvovsky, 2012)
Thursday 18 February Sarah Alyn Stacey: Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
Thursday 25 February 2016 Caitriona Leahy: Malina (Werner Shroetner, 1991)
Thursday 10 March 2016 SILK ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL
Thursday 24 March 2016 David Shepherd: La Vie du Christ (Alice Guy, 1906). This lecture and screening were organised in collaboration with the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies in the School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology.
Thursday 31 March 2016 Eileen Drew: Frida (Julie Taymor,2002)
Thursday 7 April 2016 Glenn Strong: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Persian: دختری در شب تنها به خانه می‌رود Dokhtari dar šab tanhâ be xâne miravad; Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)
Thursday 14 April 2016 Gerald Morgan: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)[Maírtin uí Chadháin Theatre]