Dr. Claire McGing and Professor Pat O’Connor will be the key speakers. Dr. Claire McGing is currently the Athena Swan Project Officer at Maynooth University and a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. She regularly publishes on gender representation in Irish politics, not only in academic journals but also in mainstream publications like The Irish Times. Dr. McGing’s paper is entitled “A Professional and Personal Reflection on the Athena SWAN Process” and will introduce the Athena SWAN award and illustrate her own personal and professional experiences of applying for the award itself.
Professor Pat O’Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick and a Visiting Professor at the Geary Institute at University College Dublin. She has written extensively about the role of gender in higher education management in leading publications and has authored or co-authored no fewer than 8 books over her illustrious career. Her paper is entitled “Creating Gender Equality at Organisational Level: What Makes the Difference?” In it, she will argue that leadership is the key element in creating gender equality, which may or may not coincide with interventions such as Athena SWAN.
The discussion will be moderated by SWIG Ireland Committee Member Kate Flood, a historical ecologist and geographer at National University of Ireland – Galway and Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography. After the two talks, Kate will facilitate a discussion with our two esteemed panellists followed by a general question and answer session.
As this will be SWIG Ireland’s first event as a membership-based group, we would like to welcome our new and prospective members to join for us a beverage at a venue TBD, but within walking distance of Trinity.