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Advance HE recognises that restrictions relating to Covid-19 are continuing to impact the work plans of applicants. 协助申请人在这段不确定的时间内提交申请, we have introduced a three-month rolling deadline for the following Athena SWAN Ireland submission rounds: 

2020年11月30日- 2021年1月29日
April 2021: 30 April 2021-30 June 2021
2021年11月:2021年11月30日至2022年1月28日

Award validity will continue to be calculated on the basis of the April and November submission deadlines (i.e. 在2020年11月30日至2021年1月29日期间收到的申请有效期至2024年11月). 

New applicants: if you are a first time applicant there is no penalty to withdrawing your intention to submit if you find that the submission timeline has changed. To assist us with our planning, we ask that you email us to indicate that your institution/department will no longer be submitting in this round: athenaswanireland@advance-he.ac.uk.

Applicants that choose to delay submission to April 2021/November 2021 as a result of Covid-19 may include demographic data prepared for submission in November 2020/April 2021. 请在您的叙述中注明由于Covid-19的影响而延迟提交.

Award-holders: if you are an award-holder due to renew your award in 2021 or 2022 you can request a 12-month submission deferral (参见Covid-19延迟提交流程). 希望利用2019冠状病毒病延期的获奖者必须:

  1. 将现有的行动计划延长一年;
  2. submit a letter to Advance HE from the head of the institution/department confirming that the institution/department will continue to:
    • uphold the Charter principles;
    • 通过实施扩大的行动计划解决性别平等问题;
    • 通过自我评估小组(或同等人员)监控和评估行动计划的进展.
  3. 信件应寄给爱尔兰Athena SWAN的负责人,并通过电子邮件(athenaswanireland@advance-he.ac.uk). 申请人应在奖学金到期前不超过12个月提交信函. 一旦收到并核对信函,Advance HE将与获奖者确认延期.

We are offering a 500-word extension to the application word limit to consider the impact of Covid-19. 这些词可以用来讨论对自我评估过程的实际影响.g. format and timing of self-assessment team meetings and/or membership; consultation methodologies; resourcing changes), on action plan implementation, 或更广泛地解决Covid-19对性别平等的影响(e.g. publication outputs). 申请人可以在单个部分(如.g. “进一步资料”)或填妥申请表. 正常情况下,字数应该在每个部分的结尾用方括号表示. The additional words are available to all 2020 and 2021 applicants meaning there is no need to apply for permission. Applicants are also not obliged to use the additional words if the self-assessment team determines that the application has not been impacted by Covid-19 or if the words are not needed.  

在提交材料中不要求涉及Covid-19. However, Athena SWAN is a context-specific self-assessment of gender equality in your institution/department so we recommend your self-assessment team considers whether the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting gender equality in your context. For example, if your consultation and data suggest that Covid-19 is impacting gender equality in your department/institution, 或者您确定您的员工或学生未来可能会受到Covid-19的影响, then you should consider how to respond within your application to ensure that your gender equality work remains relevant.  

The gendered impacts of Covid-19 are still emerging; however, 早期的评论和研究指出了几个问题. These include equity of access to teaching/research equipment or attainment gaps that arise from using new forms of assessment, expectations of staff work patterns, and variability in research outputs. How an institution/department approaches challenges like these in their Athena SWAN application will depend on their own specific context (size, subject, staff profile etc.),但也在申请过程的阶段.  For example, 如果2020年11月申请人在新冠肺炎疫情爆发前完成了咨询工作, there won't be an expectation that data reported addresses gender equality challenges related to Covid-19. However, this applicant may wish to consider future action to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the institution/department. Equally, 如果你还在计划你的咨询, it may be beneficial to your gender equality work to capture feedback from staff on the impact of Covid-19 through additional survey questions or focus groups, or other forms of consultation.

Advance HE recognises that self-assessment teams may experience practical challenges as a result of Covid-19; for example, 推迟工作计划或自我评估团队会议, 或不确定或修改的预算,影响行动计划或造成资源变化. 自我评估过程的某些方面也会受到影响, 比如无法按计划运营焦点小组, 或者员工调查回复率低于预期. Some of these challenges may be overcome as your institution/department adjusts to working within the parameters of the Covid-19 restrictions. 自我评估小组会议可以转移到网上, 取决于主题和参与者群体, 焦点小组和市政厅会议也可以通过在线平台召开. 但是,自我评估小组可能需要重新考虑协商方法. 例如,选择脉冲调查而不是更长的调查或焦点小组. 调查回复率低于预期的地方, 可能有必要将调查开放一段较长的时间. You could also consider supplementing your survey results with one-to-one online interviews or pulse surveys or online polls. 

Self-assessment teams may also have questions about how to develop effective actions in light of the evolving public health situation. 外围买球APP十大平台鼓励申请人根据目前可用的信息(e.g. recent consultation data; current projections of resources available to the department/institution). 行动计划可以根据新的信息进行相应的调整.

当涉及到准备更新或升级您的奖项, you should feel assured that, in normal circumstances, it is necessary for many applicants to adjust and revise actions to ensure achievability and relevance.  If this is necessary, your narrative should provide a rationale for your decision and an honest assessment of your progress to date.

雅典娜SWAN流程将行动计划理解为“活的有机文件”, constantly reviewed and updated’ (AS handbook, p.59). This is because, even in normal circumstances, 申请人有必要调整和修改行动,以确保可实现性和相关性. Self-assessment teams are encouraged to evaluate action implementation as part of regular meetings and to revise action plans accordingly. For example, it may be necessary to make adjustments to timeframes and milestones or to revise an action to reflect online teaching and learning. 哪些地方发现了新的性别平等挑战和机遇, 行动可以包括在行动计划中. 这是典型的在铜牌的更新和在银牌和金牌的应用, applicants are expected to reflect honestly on the progress and impact of their actions during the award period. Where progress has faltered, you should acknowledge this in the application narrative and set out a clear plan to overcome the challenges you have identified.  

Assessment panels are convening remotely with panellists submitting written feedback to Advance HE in advance of the panel meeting. 该新工艺已成功用于2020年4月的应用.

Athena SWAN爱尔兰员工可以通过邮件和电话正常联系. Training for self-assessment teams is available via online delivery and national webinars and events relating to the application process will be offered throughout 2020-21. 可根据政府的限制和公共卫生指引安排实地参观. 有关支持的更多信息,请联系Athena SWAN爱尔兰团队: athenaswanireland@advance-he.ac.uk.  高等教育协会的工作人员也在努力制作活动, advice, 以及专门应对Covid-19挑战的指导意见.