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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for the Republic of Ireland

Our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the latest information and advice for the Republic of Ireland

We have outlined below an update to our services for the Republic of Ireland.

We will be keeping this updated regularly with as many details as possible and will also be contacting members and individuals through our routine schedule of newsletters and emails.

If you have any questions, please email:

victoria.brownlee@advance-he.ac.uk

Athena SWAN Ireland

Weekly advice slots

Athena SWAN Ireland staff will continue to support the sector on a day-to-day basis throughout the closure period. In addition to contacting the team by email and phone, I have created a series of weekly slots in my diary to meet with individuals remotely (via Zoom, Skype or Teams) to answer questions and offer advice relating to the application process. These slots are for individuals involved in progressing applications for April 2020 as well as those working towards applications in November 2020 and April 2021. Evening slots are available for those with daytime caring responsibilities and all slots can be viewed here.

Remote training for SATs

We will be offering remote training for institutional and departmental SATs via Zoom instead of site visits for the duration of the closure of HEIs. This training is in addition to any site visit your institution has received/will receive the last 12 months. If you are interested in arranging remote training for your SAT, or subgroups of your SAT, please email victoria.brownlee@advance-he.ac.uk.

Monthly webinars

From April we will be providing additional training on the application process through monthly webinars. The first of these webinars will focus on SMART action planning. Anyone from a participating HEI will be welcome to join the webinars. Information on how to participate will be circulated in the coming weeks.

Extended April 2020 submission deadline

We are offering a rolling submission deadline up to 30 June 2020. This will give institutional and departmental SATs the opportunity to determine the optimal time for completing their applications in light of new commitments to support online learning and remote working. When your application is complete, you are encouraged to submit it for review to AS-submissions@advance-he.ac.uk. Applications will then be processed and assessed individually.

Rolling assessment panels

We will be striving to maintain our three-month turnaround for results. Assessment panels will be convened remotely as applications are received. As a result, panellists may be asked to review fewer applications and the release of results to applicants will be staggered. If you are available to act as a panellist between May and July 2020 and have not previously completed our online registration form please do so: Register to be a Charter Mark Panellist.

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Aurora 

We are committed to delivering as many of the Aurora cohort days as possible before the end of the academic year but in light of the current situation we have taken the decision to postpone all face to face activity until further notice. Please contact aurora@advance-he.ac.uk for more information.