NUI Galway has reached a new level in advancing gender equality, with the School of Health Sciences securing the ninth Athena Swan Bronze Award for the University.
The award recognised the commitment to advancing gender equality in health sciences for both staff and students, and in creating cultural change within the University.
It highlights the work which has been done to identify gender equality issues, such as the under-representation of men and understaffing in some areas and the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
NUI Galway Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Helen Maher, said that they are ‘greatly encouraged’ by the progress the University has made on gender equality, particularly in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences where all three schools have secured bronze awards.
“This latest award demonstrates that our efforts and our commitment on this unfinished journey are embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in our culture and our collective responsibilities,” she said.
Professor Martin O’Donnell, Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway, congratulated the School of Heath Sciences.
“All three Schools in our College have now attained Bronze Awards, which demonstrates an important but initial step in our commitment to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our College and wider community,” said Professor O’Donnell.
Professor Caroline McIntosh, Head of the School of Health Sciences at NUI Galway, said that she is very proud to have the School of Health Sciences awarded the Bronze Athena Swan award.
“I look forward to supporting the implementation of our action plan to foster an environment where all staff feel that they have ample prospects to reach their potential,” said Prof McIntosh.
“Our action plan lays the foundation for embedding equality, inclusion, and support within our School.
“A particular challenge for our School is the extreme gender imbalance – our professions are predominantly female with low male representation, which is clearly reflected in our own academic and student profile.
“Through the implementation of our action plan we aim to work towards greater gender representation in our professions while also addressing the more well-known gender equality issues associated with a predominantly female School.”