The Institutional Self-Assessment Team (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 Athena SWAN Steering Group

Name Gender Identity Role at NUI Galway
Helen Maher F          VP Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Donal Leech       M       Dean of Graduate Studies
Aoife Cooke    F Head of Equal Opportunities
Pól Ó Dochartaigh M  
Mark McGuinness M Learning & Development Manager
Claire O'Connor F Director of Planning and Institutional Research
Kasia Whysall    F       Vice-Dean EDI, CMNHS
John Walsh M Vice-Dean EDI, CASSCS
Mary Dempsey F Vice-Dean EDI, CSE
Deirdre Curran F Vice-Dean EDI, CBPPL
Laura Loftus    F EDI Programme Manager - Gender Equality
Greta Westerwald    F SU postgraduate rep
TBC   Research Committee rep

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.