Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunities

PROCESS will provide clear and transparent information for all potential applicants. The University of Limerick is an equal opportunities institution and welcomes applications from a diverse range of groups. Through its equal opportunities policy, UL is committed to not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, or membership of travelling community. Applicant researchers with disabilities will be facilitated by the Disability Support Services at UL, where required. 

Reviewers will also be instructed to assess the merits of the applicant on other transferable skills, and take account of any breaks from research a candidate may have taken, including those candidates displaced by conflicts: UL has recently been designated a “University of Sanctuary”, which commits UL to an action plan with a focus on encouraging, promoting and enabling refugees and asylum seekers to access third-level education. Dedicated support will be offered to such candidates, e.g.: 1) the option for the candidate to submit an application by post where online applications would not be possible; 2) revised application of eligibility criteria to ensure researchers who have suspended their activities while seeking refugee status are not disadvantaged, e.g., not counting as residency the time spent by applying for refugee status in Ireland; 3) additional supports during the Fellows integration phase including the 1:1 support of the PROCESS PM. Contact the Project Manager for further information on any of these options.

Gender Equality

UL holds a Bronze Award from Athena SWAN 2015, established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in research. UL received funding in 2014 for GEM “Gender Equality in Decision-Making” - an EU project supporting the principles of Athena SWAN and aimed at developing initiatives to support achievement of gender balance in decision-making roles. All decision makers will be briefed in gender equality, including how to avoid unconscious gender bias.  

Career Re-Start and Reintegration 

The PROCESS Career Restart Fellowship is also open to researchers who wish to resume research in Ireland after a research career break. To enable this,  Career Restart Fellows will be eligible for a relaxed mobility rule. 

Career breaks will also be taken into account during the evaluation process. For the Reintegration Fellowships, applicants will be encouraged to list any time spent outside research and academia, and experts are instructed to value time spent working in transferable skills areas, e.g., industry. Applicants will also be advised to list any time spent outside of research due to personal reasons (e.g. maternity/paternity leave, military service, prolonged illness) so reviewers can ensure that applicants are not penalised when evaluating their experience, CVs and publications list. 
Contact the Project Manager for further information on any these options.

equal opportunities

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801165.