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: 17 April 2021

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

Provisional agenda



Lorena Pajares Sanchez

Complutense University, Madrid