What is Athena SWAN?
Athena SWAN was initially established in 2005 by Advance HE to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education and research, with a focus on scientific disciplines. The charter was more recently expanded to address gender equality in a broader range of disciplines, and to acknowledge both men and women in academic roles, professional and support staff, as well as recognising trans staff and students in higher education (see Athena SWAN charter). Want to find out more? Athena SWAN in Ireland.
In 2018, Maynooth University was awarded a Bronze Institution Award in recognition of progress made on gender issues (see more detail on Athena SWAN in Maynooth). The university is currently working to implement the Gender Action Plan for 2018-2021 which is guided by the Gender Equality Steering Group. The Department of Psychology is represented on this committee by our Athena SWAN Chair, Dr Rebecca Maguire.