Athena SWAN 2017 application

NUI Galway submitted an institutional application for Athena Swan Bronze accreditation on April 28th 2017. Read the institutional application here: Athena SWAN application 2017

Prior to the submission date the SAT published an early draft of the application to University community for feedback. The SAT wishes to thank all those who provided feedback. There were many helpful comments and suggestions and these have been incorporated in the final submission. Please see a summary of the responses received here: Comments on Draft Athena SWAN 2017 application following consultation

Gender Equality Action Plan - Progress to Date

The Gender Equality Action Plan brings together all of the recommendations from the Gender Equality Task Force Final Report, overlaid with the recommendations from the HEA National Review.

The following document gives a detailed update on the progress made on these recommendations, with notes on when they were completed, how they are progressing or whether they are awaiting progress.

3 July, 2017

Gender Equality Action Plan - Progress to Date 3 July 2017

8 May, 2017

Gender Equality Action Plan - Progress Update May 2017

20 March, 2017

Gender Equality Action Plan Progress Report, March 2017

International Women's Week, 6-10 March, 2017

1 March, 2017

The Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity is delighted to invite you to attend a series of events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Monday 6 March

2.30-5.30pm: “Full STEAM Ahead-Engineering for all!” Exhibition – Roundtable Discussion – Naming of the Alice Perry Engineering Building. More info

Tuesday 7 March

1-4pm: University Women’s Network event  “Making a Difference”: Staff presentations – Reception. More info

Wednesday 8 March

Managing Working Parents: Training workshop for line managers. More info

12.30-2pm: Inclusivity in the Workplace-Key to Success: Seminar with Margot Slattery, Country President, Sodexo. More info

Thursday 9 March

10.30-3.30pm: Wikipedia Editathon Event: Wikipedia Editing Workshop. More info

2-4pm: LGBT Networking Event – “Bring your Whole Self to Work”: Forum followed by reception. More info

Gender Equality Action Plan approved by Údarás na hOllscoile

The Vice President for Equality & Diversity has now finalised the Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) to ensure implementation of the Task Force recommendations. The plan was approved by UMT at its meeting on 20 September, 2016 and subsequently by Údarás na hOllscoile on 1 November, 2016.

You can read details of the Gender Equality Action Plan, and see progress made on each of the actions by clicking here: Gender Equality Action Plan, November 2016


Office of the Vice-President for Equality & Diversity

Professor Anne Scott joined NUI Galway on 16 June, 2016, as the new Vice-President for Equality and Diversity. This is the first appointment of its kind in an Irish University.

Anne is heading up the Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity and has been joined by Aoife Cooke as Head of Equal Opportunities.

Lorna Cormican is currently working with Anne and Aoife providing administrative support.

Gender Equality Action Plan

The Vice President for Equality & Diversity is in the final stages of work on developing the Gender Equality Action Plan to ensure implementation of the Task Force recommendations. The draft plan was approved by UMT at its meeting on September 20th. It is anticipated that this action

plan will be presented to Academic Council in October and to Údarás na hOllscoile, for approval, at its first meeting of this academic year.

Three important elements of the action plan which are now in place are as follows:

1. The University will provide enhanced maternity cover to colleges, schools and support units when a member of staff goes on maternity leave. The leave (maternity / adoptive) cover funding will enable the full replacement of teaching, administration and/or technical input of our colleagues who go on maternity leave.

The underlying principles are as follows: Professional services colleagues (administration, support and technical staff) should have 1:1 replacement for the duration required by the period of maternity/adoptive leave. Schools with academic colleagues on maternity leave should receive the same financial allowance (currently €10,000 per semester) as that allocated to cover a vacancy for a fulltime member of academic staff.

2. A grant for research active academic staff returning from carers’ leave, to a maximum of €10,000, will be allocated to research active academics returning from maternity / adoptive leave, and to any research active colleague returning from extended unpaid caring leave (20 weeks leave or more), on the basis of a short business case, supported by the Head of School and the Dean. The business case must link the grant directly with specific, time-lined, measurable research outputs. Please find further details at the following link:

3. Parental Leave support: The pay savings accruing from parental leave, currently taken centrally to help balance the University budget, will, in principle, be returned to the staff member’s school / unit, on the basis of a short business case from the Head of School. This measure is intended to encourage and support parents in caring for their children, and to avoid unreasonably increased work burden on colleagues in these schools and units. Please find further details at the following link:

Údarás na hOllscoile Adopts Final Report of the Gender Equality Task Force

17 May, 2016

NUI Galway ‘s Governing Authority/Údarás na hOllscoile today welcomed the publication of the Final Report issued by the Task Force on Gender Equality chaired by Professor Jane Grimson.

The Final Report contains 24 evidence-based recommendations which are aimed at promoting gender equality at NUI Galway.

Údaras na hOllscoile unanimously adopted the Final Report at the meeting and mandated the newly appointed Vice-President for Equality & Diversity to develop an Implementation Plan to be brought to Údaras in Autumn of this year.

The Final Report will be published in the next week.

NUI Galway appoints Vice-President for Equality and Diversity

Following a meeting of Údarás na hOllscoile/the Governing Authority on Friday (February 26th), the University announced that Professor Anne Scott has been appointed as Vice-President for Equality and Diversity. This is the first appointment of its kind in an Irish University.

Professor Scott is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Community in Liverpool John Moores University. She has worked as an academic and academic leader in the Scottish, Irish and currently the English Higher Education Systems. She held the post of Head of the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University (2000-2006) where she led the development of BSc, MSc and PhD programmes in the school, in addition to founding and developing a vibrant culture of research and scholarship.

In February 2006 Professor Scott was appointed Deputy President and Registrar of DCU, a post which she held until late 2012. During this time she led many initiatives across DCU including a review of the academic promotions process; the development of the e-learning roadmap; and the graduate attributes project for the university. She has a proven track record of transformational leadership in academic environments in both Ireland and the UK, working at senior levels, to bring balance to strategic decision making and insight into the organisational culture and concerns of colleagues.

Professor Scott is an active mentor for the Aurora women only leadership development programme in the UK; she was recognised by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) through the Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Awards for her leadership in public service; she has also mentored emerging women leaders and high potentials via the WXN.

In welcoming the appointment, Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said: “I am delighted to announce this appointment today at NUI Galway and I very much look forward to welcoming Professor Scott to this new role which will lead on addressing issues of equality and diversity across the University.”

The position of VP for Equality & Diversity has been established by the University following the establishment of a Task Force on Gender Equality by the University’s Governing Body in February 2015 with the remit ‘To consider the University’s present gender mix among staff, including academic and support staff, and advise the University what measures it should take and over what timescale to develop effective gender equality’.

This new post reflects the University’s commitment to transformational change. The Vice President will lead this change to ensure that equality of opportunity is provided to every member of staff as well as developing and implementing a strategy that establishes the University as an exemplar of best practice in the area.

In its first report of June 2015 the Task Force, led by Trinity College Dublin’s former Vice Provost, Professor Jane Grimson, submitted four major recommendations to the University’s Governing Authority.

With the appointment of Professor Anne Scott all of the four recommendations made in June 2015 have now been implemented:

  1. The establishment of a new position of Vice President of Equality and Diversity. Professor Anne Scott has been appointed to this role.
  1. All major influential committees should be comprised of a minimum of 40% women and 40% men by the end of 2016, including the University Management Team (UMT), Academic Management Team (AMT) and all promotions committees and interview boards. Gender quotas were applied to recent elections to the Governing Authority, and the new Governing Authority will re-constitute its committees to see this cascade to all committees.
  1. Ensure mandatory unconscious bias training for all senior staff. Since September over 160 members of the university leadership have completed this training, including President, Registrar and Deputy President, Vice-Presidents, Deans, Heads of School, Chairs of Committees and interview boards and all other senior decision-makers.
  1. External review of all promotion and progression policies and procedures within the University for all grades of staff by external expert in respect of gender equality. This review is now complete and its findings will be published shortly.

Gender Equality Update November 2015

A pdf of the Gender Equality update is available to read and print:

in English >  Gender Equality Update Nov 2015

and in Irish > Nuachtlitir maidir leis an gComhionannas Inscne Samh 2015

Click below on the headings for more details

Gender Equality Task Force +

Vice-Presidency for Equality and Diversity +

Gender Quotas for University Committees and Boards +

Tackling Unconscious Bias +

Review of Promotion and Progression policies and procedures +

Athena SWAN application +

Staff Surveys & Consultation +

University Women's Network +

National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education +

Upcoming Údarás Elections +

Project Juno +


Eight NUI Galway Female Researchers Honoured in Áras an Uachtaráin for Contribution to Science

31 January, 2015

A special celebration of Women in Science hosted by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins, acknowledged the contributions of eight NUI Galway academics and researchers. They are pictured, from left: Dr Róisín Dwyer, Dr Michelle Kilcoyne, Dr Adrienne Gorman, Dr Sharon Glynn, Dr Laoise McNamara, Dr Elaine Dunleavy, Professor Grace McCormack and Dr Eva Szegezdi.

Athena SWAN Award Results

30 July, 2015

In the first round open to Irish universities, TCD & UL were successful, while NUI Galway and three other Irish higher level institutions were not.

Read more in The Irish Times...

Geoghegan-Quinn to head third-level gender equality review

20 July, 2015

Former European commissioner and Fianna Fáil minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is to chair a national review of gender equality in higher education.

Read more in The Irish Times...

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team release quantitative results from staff survey

26 June, 2015

The quantitative results from the Athena SWAN gender equality survey are now available here: Athena SWAN Survey - Quantitative Results.

The Self-Assessment Team wishes to thank everyone who participated in this survey. The survey received 964 responses from 653 women and 311 men. The SAT will prepare a report of the quantitative results for each category of staff, and this will be available in the coming weeks. The SAT are also committed to conducting a detailed analysis of the 2,234 qualitative responses to the survey in conjunction with an external and independent analyst, and they aim to report and disseminate the results early in the new term.

Gender Equality Task Force presents Progress Report to NUI Galway Governing Authority

23 June, 2015

In a progress report to go before the university’s council today, the group chaired by external academic Prof Jane Grimson calls for the creation of a new post of vice-president of equality and diversity.

Read more in The Irish Times...

HEA to launch "system-wide independent review" of gender equality in Irish higher education

28 May, 2015

The Higher Education Authority is to appoint a panel of Irish and international experts to review gender equality across Ireland’s third-level institutions. The review is to be published within a year.

Read more in the Irish Times...


Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team make Submission

30 April, 2015

The Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team submitted their institutional appraisal on 30 April. The 42 page document brings together information on data relating to a range of gender measures across the University, including a breakdown of staff numbers by gender across grades, and details of our training, policies and procedures. The submission is accompanied by a letter of endorsement by President Browne. 

This submission is made in application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award for the University. The detailed Action Plan sets out the next steps in promoting gender equality acorss the University.

Read the submission in full here: Athena SWAN submission 2015.

Gender Equality Task Force holds First Meeting

25 March, 2015

The new Task Force on gender equality at NUI Galway held its first meeting on Wednesday, 25 March, on campus.



Athena SWAN Self-Appraisal Team launch staff survey

13 March, 2015

Staff at NUI Galway have been asked to take part in a survey on theme of gender equality co-ordinated by the Athean SWAN Self-Appraisal Team. The results of the survey, which is completely confidential and anonymous, will form part of the institution-wide assessment being made by the Team in submitting to Athena SWAN. The survey includes questions regarding work flexibility, opportunities for promotion, and work culture.

Staff can take the survey here:


The Irish Times: O’Sullivan satisfied with NUI Galway’s progress on gender discrimination

10 March, 2015

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she is satisfied NUI Galway is being proactive in dealing with gender discrimination. She told the Seanad the institution “was at the forefront of the universities sector in this respect”.