Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 EDI Comittee
Senior Lecturer
Mechanical Engineering
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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit in the UK 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.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:

NUI Galway signed up to the Athena SWAN charter in 2015 and identified the attainment of an Athena SWAN Bronze award as a key priority in Vision 2020, the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020. NUI Galway achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award in April 2018. This Bronze award is valid until April 2021.

Across Irish universities in 2018, only 23% of Professors are women, and only 30% of the highest level of professional staff are women. No Irish university has yet had a female President. Engagement with the Athena SWAN framework is a proven way of bringing gender equality into strategic and operational planning, and working toward improving the outcome for all staff.

NUI Galway has achieved a Bronze award, but in order to comply with HEA guidelines the university must continue to hold the Bronze award until it is successful in applying for a Silver award. The HEA guidelines state that HEIs may renew Bronze once, and then should apply for Silver accreditation until it is achieved. In order for the institution to apply for a Silver award, the majority of its departments must hold an award - with at least one holding Silver.

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

By email communication to colleagues across the University followed by the President’s all staff email announcing the achievement of the institutional Athena SWAN award. The results are posted on the NUI Galway website. The President also hosted a celebratory event for the institution, Self-Assessment Team. Press releases were also prepared and circulated.

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):
Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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