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Mar 24, 2010
IRC, SFI & HRB: higher education institutions will be required get gender equality award to get funding

In December 2016 the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board announced that higher education institutions will be required to have attained a bronze institutional Athena SWAN award by the end of 2019 and a silver institutional Athena SWAN by the end of 2023 in order to be eligible for research-funding.
Prestigious Athena SWAN Charter awards announced for Irish higher education institutions | Higher Education Authority

To get a sense of the commitment it takes to achieve an Athena SWAN award, DCU has prepared a three-year action plan to reform the promotion process to address the lack of women in senior academic positions, prioritises female leadership initiatives and addresses issues in relation to maternity leave.

Examples of key initiatives at DCU included Project 50:50 (to name at least 50pc of new DCU buildings after female research pioneers), family-friendly meeting times, unconscious bias training and a pledge by DCU’s president not to serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the chair.

ECUs Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

ECUs Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:
- academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
- professional and support staff
- trans staff and students

In relation to their:
- representation
- progression of students into academia
- journey through career milestones
- working environment for all staff

Athena SWAN Charter: Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Charter - Equality Challenge Unit
I get the impression the people involved are likely more focused on helping women than helping men. I'm not happy with the compulsory nature of this system.


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Feb 7, 2013
Yet another program that states they are about gender equality , but only address areas where they see a lack of female participation as an area of concern such as STEM subjects.

But there are far more disciplines in education that are female dominated than there are male dominated yet the focus is solely on painting females as disadvantaged when all stats in education from early school drop out rates to third level entry show that females are far from disadvantaged in comparison to males.

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Dec 19, 2011
Great. So the gals are going to do with science research what they've done with the justice system.


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Jun 14, 2007
Social science twaddle.

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Can we get it over with and categorise women as invalids?


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Feb 26, 2011
Can we get it over with and categorise women as invalids?
That is unfortunately the way feminists tend to view women. It is a very patronising. Actually for feminists it has fk all even to do with women- it is just a way getting attention and laying claim to more state resources.


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Jan 21, 2015
look at me, this is science now...

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Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

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