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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
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Colleges & Schools
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Athena Swan Champions Network
University of Galway's Athena Swan Champions Network
Left to right: Dr. Sandra Galvin, Dr. Katarzyna Goljanek, Dr. Victoria Hogan, Dr. Deirdre Gilpin, Dr. Helen Maher, Dr. Laura Loftus and Aoife Cooke attended the first Athena Swan Champions Network- 1st December 2022
University of Galway’s Athena Swan Champions meet on a quaterly basis to discuss progress and obstacles arising at School and Unit level in relation to Athena Swan. Items raised during these meetings feed into the discussions of the Athena Swan Institutional Steering Group.
The aim of the Athena Swan Champions Network is to facilitate knowledge exchange and support between those involved in Athena Swan activities across the University. The Champions Network consists of the SAT (Self-Assessment Team) Chairs, the Vice Deans for Equality Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Vice President for Equality Diversity and Inclusion.
The first meeting of the Athena Swan Champions Network was held 1st of December, 2022, hosted by Dr. Laura Loftus, Gender Equality Programme Manager, and opened by Dr Helen Maher, VP for EDI.
The meeting was then followed with an open-to-all-staff gathering to celebrate the Athena Swan/Gender Equality work to date in the University of Galway. The Chair of Queen's University Belfast's Athena Swan Champions Network, Dr Deirdre Gilpin, was invited as a guest speaker. Dr. Gilpin exchanged great knowledge and experiences about QUB's Champions Network’s journey so far and best practice in terms of Athena Swan.
The Role of a Champion
Each School in the University of Galway typically has two Swan Co-Champions, appointed from within a School who report directly to their Head of School. Athena Swan Champions are usually the Chair of their local Athena Swan Self-Assessment Teams (SAT) and are members of their Schools’ Senior Management/Executive Boards.
The role of Athena Swan Co-Champion is a significant leadership position and Athena Swan activity is recognised under the contribution criterion for academic promotion.
This network enables new Champions to make connections with Champions in other schools, facilitates horizontal and vertical exchange of information, enables integration of institutional and school-level actions and fosters synergising of solutions.
Current Athena Swan Champions
|Athena Swan Champions||School/Unit|
|Edel Doherty||Cairnes School of Business and Economics|
|Padraic De Búrca|
|Orla Cullinane||Shannon College of Hotel Management|
|Eoin Daly||School of Law|
|Maeve Duffy||School of Engineering|
|Kishor Das||School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Applied Mathematics|
|Florence Abram||School of Biological & Chemical Sciences|
|Miriam Byrne||School of Natural Science|
|John McCrae||School of Computer Science/DSI|
|Ananya Gupta||School of Medicine|
|Linda Biesty||School of Nursing and Midwifery|
|Vicky Hogan||School of Health Sciences|
|Gerry Molloy||School of Psychology|
|Marie Mahon||School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies|
|Bernadine Brady||School of Political Science and Sociology|
|Kevin Davison||School of Education|
|Sarah-Anne Buckley||School of English and Creative Arts|
|Tina Pusse||School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures|
|Emma Hawkins||CMNMHS EDI Manager|
|AnnMarie Groarke (Interm VD EDI)||Vice Dean for EDI CASSCS|
|Deirdre Curran||Vice Dean for EDI CBPPL|
|Mary Dempsey||Vice Dean for EDI CSE|
|Kasia Whysall||Vice Dean for EDI CMNHS|
|Helen Maher||VP for EDI|
|Laura Loftus||EDI Programme Manager for Gender Equality|
|Aoife Cooke||Head of EDI|
|Margaret Forde||EDI Data Manager|
|Niamh Gallagher||EDI Adminstrative Assistant|
|Owen Warde||EDI Programme Manager for Race Equality|
Launch of the Aurora Alumni Network 14th Nov 2023
The Aurora women’s leadership programme celebrated its ten-year anniversary this year. To mark this momentous occasion, and the fact that over 100 women from University of Galway have now completed the Aurora programme, we launched the University of Galway’s Aurora Alumni Network.
Nov 7th 2023
Launch of the Annual EDI Report 2022-23
Oct 18th & 19th 2023- Dr Kim Young-McLear
We welcome Dr. Kim Young-McLear to speak at the Annual Sheehy Skeffington distinguished Lecture 2023 and also at the World Cafe event.