Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick have received awards recognising their commitment to supporting women's careers in science and technology.

Both universities were given bronze in the Athena SWAN awards - a UK-based gender equality initiative that expanded to Ireland earlier this year.

The body received a total of ten applications from colleges in Ireland, but no other colleges were successful.

The awards are supported by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education.

They are aimed at promoting a commitment to addressing the under-representation of women in the STEMM or science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine areas.

Athena SWAN grants bronze, silver and gold awards to organisations that can demonstrate increasing levels of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM careers.