Summer School TU Dublin

GE Academy Summer School coorganised with Technological University Dublin | Gender Equality Plans and the challenge of intersectionality: from design to implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • 14-18 June 2021

Gender Equality Plans and the challenge of intersectionality: from design to implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Course description

The GE Academy Summer School in TU Dublin will provide participants from higher education and research institutions with advanced knowledge, approaches and tools for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). Special attention will be paid to the need to look at the intersection of gender and other attributes/identities in delivering institutional change. The summer school will comprise a conference on Athena Swan (on day 1), followed by 8 sessions of 90-minutes each over the remaining 4 days. It will include seminars, workshops, roundtables and keynotes on the following topics:

  • Concepts of gender equality and institutional change in R&I
  • Key problems at stake
  • The six steps of a Gender Equality Plan
  • Participatory techniques
  • Main risks and common obstacles
  • Sustainability drivers
  • Integration of a gender dimension in research

The Dublin Summer School includes participation to the Athena Swan Conference on 14 June, organised by TU Dublin. This conference will open with a keynote lecture (45mins) delivered by Dr. Gemma Irvine, Vice-President of Equality & Diversity in Maynooth University (Ireland), followed by the Q&A session.

This will be followed by three sessions, each dedicated to a specific theme:

  • The first session (45mins) will discuss the advantages, disadvantages and future challenges of certification-award systems for gender equality in Research Performing Organisations.
  • The second session, ‘Going for Silver’ (60mins) will consist of a panel of three speakers from STEM Schools, in both the UK and Ireland, which have been awarded a bronze renewal, a silver and a gold, respectively.
  • The third session, on ‘Intersectionality’ (90 mins) will take a workshop format. For this session, participants will be required to do some pre-work based on materials distributed in advance. This preparation will provide the focus for a reflection and discussion around the concepts, techniques, and challenges in the adoption of intersectional approaches in Athena Swan applications and GEPs more generally.
Learning objectives

The main objective is to facilitate sustainable institutional change in these organisations and equip participants with strategies to face barriers and resistance.

  • Identify and discuss key problems at stake regarding gender in R&I
  • Reflect on the importance of institutional change for GE
  • Reflect on the strengths and limitations of the GEAR tool
  • Examine the prerequisites and key success factors through inspiring practice
  • Build capacity for successful stakeholder mobilization
  • Examine resistance to change and discuss/exchange tools to overcome it
  • Build capacity for self-reflection and enhancement of HRM processes
  • Build capacity for integrating a gender dimension for better research quality, output and impact
Who is it for?

The summer school is designed for experienced agents engaged in institutional change in research and innovation through GEP implementation. In particular, we welcome:

  • Gender Equality/Diversity/Equal Opportunity Officers and focal persons
  • Human Resources officers
  • Gender Equality Plan team leaders and members
  • Middle managers
  • Organisational change agents
  • Heads of institutes/departments
Further information
  • As seats are not unlimited, priority will be given to candidates corresponding to the target groups (please, check out "Who is it for?") and those residing in the EU Member States and Associated countries. Following your registration, an e-mail of confirmation of participation will be sent. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Maximum number of participants: 24
  • Please be aware that all GE Academy trainings will be recorded for internal reasons. In case of publishing only the trainer's input will be published. Statements and contributions of participants will not be disclosed in published recordings/videos
Selection Criteria

Minimum criteria

  • Affiliation to an HE/research organisation that is in the process of planning, developing or implementing a GEP
  • A good understanding of gender and institutional change concepts
  • Active involvement in the policy field of equality in R&I or in institutional change processes
  • Commitment to institutional change for gender equality in higher education/research organisations
  • Previous experience in developing/ implementing actions aimed at gender institutional change in HE and research organisations
  • Interest in intersectional/gender+ approaches to institutional change through GEP action
  • Commitment to professional development

Bonus criteria

  • Leadership skills
Application deadline: 29 April 2021

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by 11 May.

Provisional agenda



Prof. Yvonne Galligan

Director, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Yvonne Galligan is Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Dublin Institute of Tehcnology/Technological University Dublin.Professor Galligan has published extensively on gender equality issues in public life. Her recent publications include the books Politics and Gender in Ireland: the quest for political agency (contributing co-editor with F. Buckley, 2015) and States of Democracy: Gender and politics in the European Union (contributing editor, 2015). She is expert in the political, legislative and legal aspects of national and European policy relating to gender equality, and is regularly commissioned by European institutions and agencies to provide comparative research reports, including Mapping the representation of women and men in legal professions across the EU (2017, Galligan et al) for the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs. She was a member of the UK Independent Commission of Inquiry on The Consequences of Devolution for the UK House of Commons (the McKay Commission), in 2013. She was independent chairperson of the Irish Fianna Fail Markievicz Commission in 2015 on measures to implement the 30% candidate gender quota. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. In 2014 she received an OBE for services to higher education, and in 2017 received an Honorary Doctorate in Social Science from the University of Edinburgh.

Sara Clavero

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Sara Clavero is a doctor in Political Science and a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the EDI Directorate, TU Dublin. Previously, she held a joint position as Research Fellow in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). She has extensive experience in researching in the field of gender policy and politics in European Union, and in later years her work has focussed on equality, diversity and inclusion in universities and research organisations. Her most recent publications include: ‘How epistemic justice can inform gender equality in a technological university`` in the Irish Journal of Academic Practice (2019, with Y. Galligan); ‘Analysing gender and institutional change in academia: evaluating the utility of feminist institutionalist approaches” in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management (2020, with Y. Galligan); and ‘The challenge of neoliberalism and precarity for gender sensitivity in academia’, in: E. Drew and S. Canavan (eds) The Gender-Sensitive University a Contradiction in Terms? Routledge (2020, with R. Rosa).

Dr Gemma Irvine

Vice President for Equality & Diversity in Maynooth University

Dr Gemma Irvine is currently Vice-President of Equality & Diversity in Maynooth University with responsibility for leading strategic change in the areas of equality, diversity, inclusion and inter-culturalism across the entire University community, students and staff. Dr Irvine also has oversight of the expansion and enhancement of access and widening participation programmes to ensure the University is inclusive for all students.

Lorena Pajares Sanchez

Complutense University, Madrid

Lorena is a trainer and gender and development consultant, with 20 years of professional experience combined with a strong academic grounding in Social Sciences, participatory research and feminist methodologies. She is currently engaged with the Horizon2020 project SUPERA (Supporting the Promotion of Equality in Research and Academia) at the Complutense University of Madrid, and has collaborated with many other institutions, Public Administrations and Third Sector organisations in research and training projects aimed at gender transformative action.