The Athena SWAN Charter is a recognition and award scheme for positive gender practice in Higher Education, administered by the UK’s Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, not just the barriers to progression that affect women. The seven Irish Universities and stakeholders met first in October 2013 and now collaborate as the Athena SWAN Ireland Committee that made a joint proposal to the ECU for an extension of AS to the Irish HEI sector. Following the launch of Athena SWAN in Ireland, Trinity College was among the first tranche of Irish applicants as part of the April 2015 call for applications.
Under the scheme, a University may apply for awards at academic unit level, in addition to applying at institutional level. The School of Psychology is currently applying for the Bronze Award