The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education. The Charter aims to address gender imbalances in STEMM disciplines, based on the belief that endeavours in these fields will be enriched when they can benefit from the talent of the whole population, and when barriers to progress in academic careers are removed. 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.
UCC received a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award in 2016. It is now preparing for a renewal application under the new, expanded charter. Three schools have also been awarded bronze awards - Chemistry, BEES and Pharmacy - and more are currently preparing to make applications in November 2018 and April 2019.
Read about Athena SWAN in UCC here.
Covid-19 & Gender Equality
There is a growing body of work showing that women are being disproportionately and negatively affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. For more information see here.
According to Dr Karl Kitching, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, UCC, "Flying the Transgender Pride Flag indicates UCC’s growing appreciation and understanding of trans and gender non-binary issues in Ireland and internationally. UCC is currently in the process of finalising its Gender Identity and Expression Policy, which seeks to support trans and non-binary staff and students in a variety of ways.”
UCC runs Trans Awareness training faciliated by TENI.
The LGBT Staff Network was launched in 2008 to provide an advisory function for the university on LGBT issues, and also support and a social outlet for Trans staff among others, and the LGBT* Society provides similar network for students.
'I Am' (2014) - Positive Visibility Matters