Why get involved with Athena SWAN?

Engagement with the Athena SWAN charter, principles, and self-assessment is a key tool in confronting the challenges we face regarding gender equality in higher education. Not only will it equip your School with a better understanding of its staff and students, it is also a way to develop and enage with the culture within your School and the wider community. This process provides a framework for thinking about equality, diversity, and inclusion, and it should be the start of a process of positive changes for all.

Also, it is important to note that engagement with the Athena SWAN charter is required by the HEA, with specific deadlines in place for HEIs attainment of Bronze and Silver awards. NUI Galway has achieved a Bronze award, but in order to comply with HEA guidelines the university must continue to hold the Bronze award until it is successful in applying for a Silver award.  The new guidelines state that Silver should be obtained approximately 8 years from the attainment of the Bronze.  In order for the institution to apply for a Silver award, over 80% of its departments must hold an award - with at least one holding Silver.

Internal Resources for Schools

If you are interested in learning more about the application process, please review the Resource Guide developed for NUI Galway school applications:

NUI Galway Athena SWAN Resource Guide

 Further information Coming Soon

Guidance from AdvanceHE

AdvanceHE, formerly ECU, have developed a comprehensive suite of supports and resources for those applying for Athena SWAN awards.

Find out more about Athena SWAN in Ireland.

Learn how to apply for an award, including specific guidance on writing your application and complying with word counts.

Review all of their resource guides, including handbooks, SAT guidance, and application forms.

If you have further questions, make sure to review the Athena SWAN FAQs.