Queen’s Gender Initiative
The Equal Opportunities Unit works alongside the Queen's Gender Initiative which aims to address the issue of gender imbalance at Queen's University Belfast by advancing the profile and position of all women within the University .
The Women’s Forum was set up in 1999 to address the issue of gender imbalance at Queen’s. It compiled a report that included 12 recommendations based on the views of 600 university women who attended a series of listening exercises. Membership of the Forum is wide-ranging. It meets monthly and provides feedback on such issues as flexible working, childcare, mentoring and the career advancement of the various categories of staff.
The Queen’s Gender Initiative was launched in October 2000. Its aim was to carry forward the implementation of the recommendations of the Women’s Forum. More recently, the Initiative has also been involved with the Athena SWAN Charter, a scheme that recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
The Queen’s Gender Initiative has a Director along with clerical support and has won an array of awards since its inception.