National College of Ireland (NCI) has successfully achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award, in recognition of the College’s commitment to gender equality and an intersectionally inclusive environment.
“It was important to us, in building our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, to have real measures for success,”
says NCI President, Gina Quin.
“An Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award allows us to build actionable good practice in making our staff and students genuinely included. It is won by genuine effort, from all stakeholders in the College, and I would like to thank everyone involved. We look forward to our continuing work on our Action Plan.”
The cornerstone to NCI’s submission for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award is the 2020–2024 Gender Equality Action Plan. This plan touches on the experiences of staff and students at every stage of college life, from prospective staff and students, through training and development opportunities, and ongoing policy review. The College has committed to measurable actions that will have positive impact on gender equality, and broader diversity and inclusivity.
In addition, NCI is responding to Minister Simon Harris’ focus on Ending Sexual Violence within the Higher Education Sector.
NCI President Gina Quin said “NCI’s working group on Ending Sexual Violence is already in progress and updating the College’s policy and action plan in this area. We are also undertaking critical work in the area of Racial Equality and Accessibility. We want a College Community that is safe and inclusive for all”.