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Women in Leadership

The DCU Women in Leadership initiative was launched in 2015 against the backdrop of notable gender imbalance across the Higher Education sector. 2020 saw the initiative enter its sixth year, a year of notable achievement for women across DCU as they rose to the challenge of COVID19 in many creative and inspirational ways. 

The vision for the Women in Leadership Initiative at DCU has always been for our University to explicitly value women as leaders and ensure that women at DCU are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Since its launch, a wide range of formal and informal activities have been facilitated including the Mary McAleese Lecture Series, Listening Lunches and funding for research projects on the impact of maternity leave on academic careers. The challenges posed by COVID19 brought new and innovative ways of recognising, valuing and supporting women in leadership within our university community during 2020.