Queen’s University recognised for positive gender equality practices

  • Queen's University has been awarded the Institutional Athena SWAN silver award again this year in recognition of its work to address gender inequality in higher education.

    The Athena SWAN Charter came about in 2005 as a way to combat gender inequality in higher education and research and help advance the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine related roles. Queen's University was one of the founding members and first signatories to the charter when it was introduced.

    The charter now covers over 100 universities across the UK, Ireland, and Australia, and each year it recognises the work done to implement the charter's priorities with its Institutional SWAN awards. Queen's University has achieved the Institutional Athena SWAN silver award again this year, marking its 12th straight year of being given an institutional award.

    In addition to the institutional award, Queen’s University now holds a total of 15 SWAN departmental awards, of which two reached the gold level, seven silver, and six bronze. To achieve this, the university has implemented specific gender initiatives and worked to help under-represented staff with professional development.

    Professor Karen McCloskey, Director of the QUB Gender Initiative said: "We are thrilled to receive this award, which recognises the hard work of our community in advancing gender equality at Queen’s. The University is an internationally recognised leader in gender equality. The retention of our Institutional Silver award exemplifies our commitment to supporting the personal and professional development of staff and students at Queen’s."

    Source: Queen's University

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