In the latest video from WiSER in Trinity Dr Patrick Prendergast TCD Provost and Linda Hogan Vice Provost talk about the Importance of Gender Equality. Both stress how gender equality is driving excellence in research in Trinity. “By having a commitment to gender equality we will really enhance the excellence in all of our activity especially in our research and education” says Vice Provost Linda Hogan.
“I am interested in solutions” the Provost says “solutions to get gender balance throughout across all the academic grades because this will mean the college performs better as an institution.”
Taking the lead at a national level for women is important to the institution according to the Vice Provost Linda Hogan. “In its strategic plan Trinity has committed to embedding in all of its policies and practices gender equality, inclusion and diversity, we have also committed to demonstrating institutional leadership nationally and internationally in this regard. The way we will do this is through having a significant commitment to transformation of the institution, ensuring that gender equality is a key driver of transformational change in the university.”
Linda Hogan says “We know that we can’t change what we can’t measure” and she acknowledges the role of WiSER in providing data -under the guidance of Prof Eileen Drew its Director . “We see that there is a very different career path and progression for women as for men.” She believes we need to see why this is happening though disaggregated data.
She said is proud of Trinity’s lead in bringing Athena Swan to Ireland where each institution is going to have to set targets for constant evolution and change.
Unconscious Bias training too is going to be rolled out on all interview boards she added.
The Provost recognised that there is more creativity and innovation in gender diverse teams and said that he is proud of the way Trinity has engaged with that.
“I think a great legacy for any Provost would be a greater diversity in the college community and a stronger college community… better able to meet the challenges of the future.”
For the Vice Provost she just wants to be there when the first Nobel Prize is being awarded to a woman scientist from Trinity!
WiSER is Women in Science and Engineering Research