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Gender Equality in the School of Natural Sciences



Here you can gain an insight into the current work being done within the School to promote equality as and ensure that the School is the best possible working environment for all. The School of Natural Sciences has already received Athena SWAN accreditation and has been awarded a Bronze medal. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), employment in higher education and research. At TCD, this represents an extension of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (TCGEL) and a continuation of the INTEGER Project (Institutional Transformation for Effecting Gender Equality in Research), an FP7-funded project which aimed to improve the career progression of women scientific researchers through sustainable transformational change. Although the Athena SWAN Charter is aimed at improving the progression of women in science, recent changes to the Charter include expansion outside of STEMM and the inclusion of staff in professional and support roles in addition to transgender staff and students. We believe that our proposed changes will be beneficial not only to these groups, but to all within our School, and will promote a healthier work environment and overall School ethos. As remarked by Prof. Yvonne Buckley:

‘The Athena SWAN initiative is about improving work practices for all of us. The changes introduced through the Athena SWAN process to address gender equity issues will also benefit staff with young families, those caring for elderly parents or others who need us, as well as our own self-care outside of our work lives, men & women’.

  • Yvonne Buckley, 2016

As part of our continued commitment to equality, a School-wide survey has already been conducted to identify important areas in need of improvement. The results have been compiled as a document and include proposed actions to be implemented to enhance equality and inclusion as part of our Athena SWAN Action Plan.  As part of our continued dedication to the improvement of our School, an application for a silver award is currently being prepared.
See below for more information on current gender imbalance in the School, some frequently asked questions about gender equality in science and why it's important, a list of some of the positive changes we've already implemented or plan to implement soon, research profiles from some of the female researchers in the School. Biographies of the School’s Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team can also be found here. Check back regularly for updates on our progress!