The Institutional SAT was originally established in 2015. Membership was reconstituted in 2016 and renewed in 2019 to conduct the assessment for the most recent submission.

The SAT comprised 26 members (16F; 10M) and was co-chaired by Professor Anne Scott, VPED (until June 2021), and Professor Donal Leech, Dean of Graduate Studies. The large membership aimed to ensure inclusion and representation from across the University community reflecting gender, staff category, grade, senior management and work-life balance experience. The four College Vice Deans EDI were ex-officio members, providing a crucial link between the Institutional SAT and School Athena SWAN activity. ‌

The final meeting of the SAT took place in September 2021 and the Institutional Athena SWAN Steering Group has been formed to drive implementation of the action plan. 

Members of the NUI Galway Institutional Self-Assessment Team

Athena SWAN SAT screenshot

Name Gender Identity Role at NUI Galway
Kelsey Bruce F Postgraduate Researcher, School of Medicine
Miriam Byrne F Senior Lecturer, School of Physics, and Chair of Physics SAT
Aoife Cooke F Head of Equal Opportunities
Mary Dempsey F Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering
Catherine Emerson F Lecturer Above the Bar, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dermot Flaherty M Administrative Officer, Academic Promotions
Walter K. Gear M Executive Dean, College of Science and Engineering
John Gill M Chief Operating Officer
Josephine Hynes F Director of HR
Dónal Leech M Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor, School of Chemistry
Sinéad Lydon F Lecturer (Below the Bar), School of Medicine
Niall Madden M Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics
Nicola McNicholas F Head of Financial Planning
Oonagh Meade F Postdoctoral Researcher and Honorary Research Lecturer, School of Psychology
Gerry Molloy M Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology
Pól Ó Dochartaigh M Deputy President and Registrar (Chief Academic Officer)
Claire O'Connor F Director of Planning & Institutional Research
Seán O Farrell M Director Information Solutions and Services
Róisín Nic Lochlainn F Student’s Union President
Shivaun Quinlivan F Lecturer (above the bar), School of Law
Anne Scott F Vice President for Equality and Diversity
Bríd Seoige F Head of Content, VP for Engagement Office
Terry Smith M Professor, School of Natural Sciences
Clare Walsh F Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
Tonya Watts F Equality and Diversity Project Manager, CMNHS
Chaosheng Zhang M Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Archaeology

Culture Surveys

As part of the consultation process for the Athena SWAN submission in 2015, the SAT conducted a survey of all staff in March 2015 on workplace culture in NUI Galway. The purpose of this survey was to help the SAT understand how male and female staff members experience their working environment and identify what can be improved to ensure equality of opportunity. Overall, 964 staff members responded to the survey, representing 46% of total staff. The responses provided to the survey have and continue to inform actions and initiatives to eliminate gender bias and develop an inclusive culture that values all staff. Analysis of the open-ended qualitative data was completed in October 2015 and a report was produced: Report on Athena SWAN Culture Survey 2015

A new, broader workplace culture survey was again conducted in late 2018. Overall, 574 staff members responded to the survey, representing 25% of total staff. A report was produced in 2019: Report on All Staff Culture Survey 2018.