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Athena SWAN Ireland

Transform gender equality in your institution through an Advance HE Athena SWAN award.

The Athena SWAN charter launched in the Republic of Ireland in early 2015. The extension of the charter to Ireland was made possible through funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), which covers applications to the charter from 26 higher education institutions. Engagement with the charter is a key pillar of Ireland’s national strategy for gender equality with progress linked to institutional eligibility for funding from Ireland’s major research agencies. All of Ireland’s universities and institutes of technology and several colleges participate in Athena SWAN Ireland and there are currently 87 award holders (19 institutions, 68 departments).

Athena SWAN Ireland

If you are interested in applying for an Athena SWAN Ireland award and your institution is not part of the Advance HE-HEA funding agreement please contact us.

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Athena SWAN Ireland information pack

Information on the application routes for institutions and departments can be found in our Athena SWAN Ireland information packs. This pack contains further information about Athena SWAN in Ireland, copies of the application forms, useful resources and a guide to our assessment processes. You can request an Athena SWAN Ireland information pack below’

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"Engaging with the Athena SWAN process has been transformative for HEIs" Report of the National Gender Equality Taskforce, 2018, Ireland

Support available for Athena SWAN Ireland applicants

Institutions and departments applying for Athena SWAN in Ireland can benefit from a range of support. These include institutional visits from Advance HE’s dedicated Athena SWAN Ireland staff, access to regular training and workshops, and applicant feedback sessions. See the Athena SWAN Ireland information pack for further details. 

Advance HE’s work to expand and develop Athena SWAN for use in Irish Higher Education is supported by a cross-sectoral national committee. The Athena SWAN Ireland National Committee is comprised of senior representatives from eligible HEIs, Advance HE, and the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Irish research agencies, as well as other stakeholders, including the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) are also represented. The committee administers the Athena SWAN Ireland Travel Fund and further information about this fund, and the committee’s membership and Terms of Reference, can be found in the Athena SWAN Ireland information pack. A national Practitioner Network for Irish applicants was established in 2019. 

Who to contact

Two dedicated staff members support Athena SWAN Ireland as part of Advance HE’s wider international charters work:

General enquiries about Athena SWAN Ireland can be sent to:


More about Athena SWAN Ireland

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Ireland Guide to processes

This guide outlines the processes supporting Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter in Ireland.
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Athena SWAN Ireland: Award holders

A list of all current institutional and departmental award holders in Ireland
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Frequently asked questions about the Athena SWAN Ireland charter.
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Good Practice Initiatives

Learn more about good practice initiatives in UK higher education institutions
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Panellist and observers

Information on becoming an Athena SWAN Ireland panellist or observer.
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Intention to Submit

Submissions for the Athena SWAN Ireland April 2021 round.
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