Update for week of 25 September 2017

DIT shares Athena SWAN application experience with THEA members

Athena SWAN accreditation will become a requirement for all third level organisations in Ireland from 2019.  To explain what is involved, and how the process can be a catalyst for positive change, THEA organised an information session for colleagues from all Institutes of Technology last week.  The demand for information ensured that a larger venue was required so the event was hosted in DIT Aungier Street. 

During the session Sarah Fink, from the accrediting organisation Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), went through the detail of what an application entails and answered the many questions from institutions who are just embarking on the process.  Her presentation providing an overview of the Awards is here

Our colleague Dr. Ashley O’Donoghue, Head of Staff Development and member of the DIT Athena SWAN Steering Group, also made a very helpful presentation in which she shared the DIT experience of preparing our first application (which was not successful) and the feedback from ECU to help us to review before re-submitting – see it here.

The Athena SWAN Steering Group, with representation from across DIT, undertook significant work during last academic year including gender auditing a range of activities and policies.  The Steering Group will now re-group, perhaps with additional members, to focus on an updated and detailed Action Plan – more information to follow.