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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN



Athena SWAN Award for GEM Partner - University of Limerick

The University of Limerick celebrated being  one of the first Irish institutions to receive the prestigious Athena SWAN Institution award in August 2015. See here for more information on the University's award.


Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter encourages and recognises commitment to combating under-representation and advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) roles within the higher education and research sectors.


The Athena SWAN Charter is guided by the following Principles:

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation

For more information on Athena SWAN please click here



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The overarching aim of GEM is to bring together decision makers and policy influencers to create a best guide for organisations on strategies to achieve gender balance in key decision-making roles.


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