Preparing for Academic Advancement (PAA) programme


Dublin City University, in collaboration with the other 6 national Universities Project Partners were successful in securing funding under the HEA 2021 Gender Equality Enhancement Funding Call to roll out further cohorts of the very successful ‘Preparing for Academic Advancement’ (PAA) Programme.

Led by University of Limerick, the aim of this sectoral modular programme is to support Associate Professor level academic women to submit a successful application to Professor, and in so doing support institutions in achieving the very ambitious HEA target of 40% representation of men and women at full professorial level by 2026. 

A unique aspect of this programme is the provision of mentoring from senior accomplished academics who have agreed to give freely of their time to support participants over a 12-month period. Participants are matched with mentors external to their own institution.  One to one coaching and masterclasses also form part of the programme which runs over a 4-month period from mid-June – to end September annually. 

Target Audience

Academic women who:

  1. are at Associate Professor level
  2. can commit to apply for Professor within the next two years or during the next promotion round
  3. have been impacted by contextual factors (such as previous periods of leave; limited opportunities; COVID-19 impacts, etc.) in relation to career trajectory to date

Further information

To date, the programme has run three times (2021, 2022 and 2023); with 10 DCU employees being successful in gaining a place on the programme. 

Details for the 2024 programme will be announced in Spring 2024.