Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award by Advance HE.
The Athena SWAN initiative aims to effect cultural and systemic change in higher education institutions to promote gender equality, progression and equality for all.
LIT applied for the Bronze Award last November and today, Wednesday (March, 18, 2020) announced that it has been successful, on its first attempt, to receive this accolade. LIT has achieved the award under the expanded Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises work undertaken across the Institute to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
Work in preparing the submission commenced in LIT over 18 months ago. It required the Institute to undertake an assessment of gender equality and develop a four-year plan that builds on this assessment. A self-assessment team, with members drawn from across the Institute, was established to carry out the work, under the guidance and direction of LIT's Equality & Diversity Steering Committee, which is chaired by the President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane.
Marian Duggan, Dean of Flexible Learning & Vice President of Equality & Diversity said she is delighted that LIT’s submission has reached the required standard for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
“The Athena SWAN awards recognise a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. I am delighted that LIT’s commitment to inclusivity is being recognised and I now look forward to focusing on, and implementing, our ambitious Athena SWAN Bronze action plan,” she said.
President of LIT Professor Cunnane congratulated LIT's Self Assessment Team, Equality & Diversity Steering Committee and all involved in the successful Athena SWAN application.
“We adopted the Athena SWAN Charter as a guide to driving its principles deep within the organisation and bring about change. Today we welcome Athena SWAN’s endorsement of our submission which focused on striving for a culture that is conducive to equality and diversity. We look forward to progressing our comprehensive and detailed action plan.”