Athena SWAN

Meet our SWAN team

Pamela Walsh

Dr Pamela Walsh

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

I fell into science and academia



Dr Geetha Srinivasan

Research Fellow - QUILL

Getting the chemistry right: Knowledge and innovation from both genders leads to better inventions


Christina Lagunas

Dr Cristina Lagunas

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Inspired by Marie Curie and an excellent Chemistry teacher



Dr Gosia Swadzba-Kwasny

Queen's University Research Fellow

Opening up new directions in Green Chemistry


SWAN News and Events


Dr Pamela Walsh and Dr Cristina Lagunas accepting the School's latest Award (Silver Renewal) from Prof. Dame Julia Higgins. The Athena SWAN Award Ceremony took place in Durham University on 10th July 2014.

School members of the SWAN Committee with Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston at a luncheon organised by the VC's office to celebrate SWAN Awards received by QUB Schools in 2014.


The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is fully committed to the Athena SWAN Charter to encourage the advancement of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. Our policies are in line with the University leadership in fostering an ethos of gender equality. In April 2012, QUB was the first UK University to be awarded a Silver institutional Athena SWAN Award.


If you have comments or suggestions, please contact us.


School SWAN Self Assessment Team (SAT):

Prof. Peter Robertson (Head of School)
Dr Cristina Lagunas (SWAN Champion, Lecturer in Chemistry)
Prof. A.P. de Silva (Internal Mentoring Contact, SWAN Champion, Chair of Organic Chemistry)
Mrs Angela Doherty (School Manager)
Ms Karen Moore (Clerical Staff representative)
Prof. David Rooney (Director of Research, CenTACat)
Dr Pamela Walsh (Lecturer in Chemical Engineering)
Dr Helen Daly (PDRA representative)
Dr Malgorzata Swadzba-Kwasny (Gosia) (PDRA representative)
Dr Geetha Srinivasan (PDRA representative)
Ms Corina McCrellis (PhD representative)
Ms Christine McAlorum (UG representative)
Ms Jackie O'Connor (Technical Staff representative)
Athena SWAN Silver Department award renewal application.

Get involved with Athena SWAN

Our SWAN Suggestion Box: Help us promote SWAN within our School.

  • Do you have any ideas for future SWAN events?

  • Would you like to share your experience as a female researcher with others?

  • Is there any information that you would like to see in the School SWAN web pages?

If so, then please, contact Dr Cristina Lagunas.

Interested in helping to encourage school students, in particular female, into science and engineering? You can help with some of the outreach activities organised by the School or volunteer for one of the Ambassador Programmes:

STEM Ambassador: Volunteering as a STEM Ambassador is your chance to promote your skills to young people in your area, to actively encourage them to enjoy STEM subjects, and inform them about the unique career opportunities that are available to them.

Sentinus Ambassador: Sentinus works with schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland to deliver programmes which promote engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Sentinus Ambassadors volunteer their time to act as inspiring role models to young people.

If you want to know more, contact one of the School Ambassadors:

Dr Cristina Lagunas (STEM Ambassador)
Dr Geetha Srinivasan (Sentinus and STEM Ambassador)