Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

Athena Swan banner

Athena SWAN


The School of Histories and Humanities is proud to announce that it has been granted a Bronze Athena SWAN gender equality Award by Advance HE/Athena SWAN.

Athena SWAN was first established to encourage and recognise commitment to addressing gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in Higher Education. In 2015 it was expanded to recognise work undertaken in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students.

This award reflects the hard work and self-reflection of the School and its continuing commitment to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and working to make the School a welcoming environment for all.

The award, granted March 2021, is valid until November 2024.

We will shortly publish our self-assessment report on this site.

The HEA has issued a call for applications to their Gender Equality Enhancement Fund

There are 3 areas that the funding call aims to target:

1. Research on or advancing gender equality initiatives in Ireland;

2. Training programmes specifically addressing gender equality; and

3. Athena SWAN capacity-building activities.

Applications need to be collaborative and involve at least three eligible HEIs. A maximum of €50,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. Each HEI can only lead on one application to this call but can be collaborative partners with other HEIs on additional applications.

Proposals for Trinity-led and other collaborator applications to the HEA for this fund should be routed through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit.

Completed application forms will need to be submitted to the EDI Unit at by COB Wednesday 8th September 2021 for review and prior to submission for approval from the Provost's office and then final submission to the HEA.

If you have any queries in relation to this HEA funding call please contact



Launch of Athena SWAN in the School of Histories and Humanities

The School of Histories and Humanities launched its Athena SWAN initiative on October 30th 2018 with an inspiring talk by Dr Carol Baxter, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Justice and Equality entitled 'Empowering women as leaders: the Athena Swan process and the National Strategy for Women and Girls'.

Dr Carol Baxter

Organised by the School’s Athena SWAN Champions (Dr Catherine Lawless and Professor Robert Armstrong), the event was attended by representatives from the School SAT as well as staff and students from the wider Faculty.


The School will continue its work towards a bid for an Athena Swan Bronze award in 2019. And we have our own SWAN mascot!


Self-Assessment Team in Histories and Humanities

  • Robert Armstrong (Convenor; History)
  • Catherine Lawless (Convenor; Director of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies)
  • Debra Birch (School Administrator)
  • Ruth Brennan (Post-doctoral scholar, Environmental History)
  • Ciaran Brady (History)
  • Pat Carty (Technical Support Staff Representative)
  • Peter Cherry (History of Art)
  • Martine Cuypers (Classics)
  • Daniel Geary (History)
  • Carole Holohan (History)
  • Elizabeth Foley (PG representative, Classics)
  • Jack Sheenan (PG representative, History)
  • Christine Morris (Head of School, Classics)
  • Helen Murray (Professional Support Staff Representative).