EDI Project Fund Call, 11th Jan 2024

The Office of the Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has established an annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Project Fund to be awarded as several small grants normally ranging from €300 - €1500. 2023/24 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Project Fund The EDI Project fund is available to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality projects within the University. The theme for the 2023/24 EDI Project Fund is ‘Belonging’ and seeks to facilitate equality / inclusion initiatives which promote and enhance a welcoming university environment where everyone has a sense of belonging and can thrive.

Further information is available here.

The 2023/24 EDI Project Fund encourages and will support initiatives under 2 main strands:

1. Projects related to the thematic area of ‘Belonging’ (€10,000) on any of the grounds protected in equality legislation (gender, age, civil status, family status, race / ethnicity, membership of the traveller community, disability, sexual orientation and religion / belief). These projects can be delivered throughout the academic year.

2. Anti-Racism projects related to the thematic area of ‘Belonging’ (€15,000) – these projects are to be delivered during 19th – 22nd March 2024 as part of Nelson Mandela Anti-Racism Week. Throughout Nelson Mandela Anti-Racism week, the university will host a series of event which aim to empower our community to act on Nelson Mandela’s Anti-Racism vision and our values of respect, openness, excellence and sustainability, through the advancement of race equality and anti-racism.

To apply to the fund see here.

The funding call is open until 1.00pm, Thursday, 25th January 2024. For further information see here.  

Athena Swan-Round Table Discussion for Schools - Jan 9th 2024

The first event of 2024 in the office of the VP for EDI took place on Jan 9th, with a round table discussion (chaired by Dr Laura Loftus) held to celebrate the Athena Swan work currently being carried out across the University of Galway. The event focused on Athena Swan actions being carried out at School level and their impact. Representatives from the schools shared their stories regarding improvements since their last application while also highlighting some of the stumbling blocks encountered and how they hope to overcome these challenges.

Kasia Whysall, Vice Dean for EDI, CMNHS Focus: Creating a targeted approach to implementing CMNHS’ Athena Swan actions

Ananya Gupta, School of Medicine Self Assessment Team Chair Focus: Impact of SoM’s Athena Swan actions/applying for a Silver Athena Swan award

Gerard Molloy, School of Psychology Self Assessment Team Chair Focus: How the SoP’s Athena Swan actions have helped to improve the culture in their School

Edel Doherty, School of Business and Economics Self Assessment Team Chair Focus: Impact of SBE’s Athena Swan actions/applying for a Silver Athena Swan award

Maeve Duffy, School of Engineering Self Assessment Team Chair Focus: Impact of SoE’s Athena Swan actions/achieving a Silver Athena Swan award

 Round Table Athena Swan

 Dr Laura Loftus (Chair),  Dr. Katarzyna Whysall (School of Medicine), Dr Maeve Duffy (School of Engineering), Dr Gerard Molloy (School of Psychology), Dr Edel Doherty (School of Business & Economics) and Dr Helen Maher (VP for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)


Athena Round Table Jan 9th 2024 (2)

Dr Laura Loftus (Chair),  Dr. Katarzyna Whysall (School of Medicine), Dr Maeve Duffy (School of Engineering), Dr Gerard Molloy (School of Psychology), Dr Edel Doherty (School of Business & Economics) and Dr Ananya Gupta (School of Medicine)

Gender Pay Gap Report, 18th Dec 2023

The results of the University’s Gender Pay Gap Report 2023 analysis remain an issue of ongoing concern and priority focus in terms of addressing the imbalance that exists. We have undertaken a detailed assessment and analysis to better understand the multiple causes of the gender pay gap and to determine the necessary actions in response, which are the responsibility of us all at the University.

Launch of the Aurora Alumni Network 14th Nov 2023

The Aurora women’s leadership programme celebrated its ten-year anniversary this year. To mark this momentous occasion, and the fact that over 100 women from University of Galway have now completed the Aurora programme, we launched the University of Galway’s Aurora Alumni Network.

Aurora Alumni event 2023

L:R Dr Helen Maher, Dr Manuela Heinz, Mark McGuinness, Dr Natalie Walsh, Dr Oonagh Meade & Prof Ciara Meehan

This network will enable University of Galway Aurorans to reconnect with their previous Aurora cohorts and expand their networks to other female leaders who have completed their programme. The network launch was held on Tuesday, 14 November in the Aula Maxima, Quadrangle. The event comprised of a roundtable discussion with past Aurorans focusing on their experiences of the programme and how it has impacted them, followed by an opportunity to network and connect with Aurora Alumni.

The round table discussion was, Chaired by Helen Maher, VP for EDI along with:

  • Dr Natalie Walsh, Director of Entrepreneurial Development
  • Prof Ciara Meehan, Dean of Students
  • Mark McGuinness Manager of University of Galway's mentorship programme
  • Dr Oonagh Meade, Lecturer in Transdisciplinary Research with the Designing Futures team and former postdoctoral researcher
  • Dr Manuela Heinz, Associate Professor, Head of Discipline of Education

Race Equality Framework & Action Plan Launch Nov 7th

The launch of the University of Galway's first Race Equality Framework & Action Plan 2023-2027  took place in tandem with the launch of University of Galway Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report 2022/23 in the O'Donoghue Theatre on Tuesday, 7th November. 

 Emer   O' Neill Quad

P‌resident Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh with Emer O'Neill(guest speaker) launching University of Galway's first Race Equality Framework & Action Plan 2023-2027

 Office of the Vice President for Equality Diversity and Inclusion with Emer O'Neill (guest speaker).   

EDI Team with Emer O Neill

 L:R Dr Niloufar Omidi, Aoife Cooke, Margaret Forde, Dr Helen Maher, Owen Ward, Emer O'Neill (Guest Speaker), Rebecca Connolly, Niamh Kavanagh, Dr Laura Loftus & Niamh Gallagher

Dr Helen Maher on Galway Bay FM 9th Nov 2023

Dr Helen Maher talks to Keith Finnegan, Galway Bay FM about the recent launch of the Race Equality Framework and Action Play 2023-27

Podcast: Interview with Dr Helen Maher on Galway Bay FM

Aurora Information Session Aug 11th 2023

Aurora is a women-only leadership development programme provided by Advance HE. It is a unique partnership initiative bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. University of Galway provide internal funding each year for a number of employees to attend the programme. 

University of Galway’s Aurora programme is targeted at women in academic, support and research roles in the University – from Postdoctoral up to and including Administrative Officer roles and Lecturer grades - in order to enable leadership potential and provide an opportunity for growth and development.

If you missed out on the information session, see the recording here: Information Session about the Aurora Programme for the 2023/24 academic year (11th Aug 2023) 

Oct 19th & 20th 2023, Dr Kim Young-McLear delivers the annual Sheehy Skeffington Distinguished Lecture 2023

We welcomed Dr. Kim Young-McLear from the USA an organizational strategist, cybersecurity professional, and professor with more than 25 years of deep expertise within the US federal government, higher education, and community organizing. Dr Kim delivered the lecture at the Annual Sheehy Skeffington Distinguished Lecture 2023. If you would like to find out more about this year’s speaker, please see this short video outlining her experiences as a whistleblower. 

Dr Tom Clonan (Senator) former captain in the Irish Army also joined Dr Kim, speaking about his experience of whistleblowing on Sexual Violence in the Armed Forces. 

Annual Sheehy Skeffington 2023