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Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment shown by Universities and their individual Schools and Departments to advancing women’s careers in STEM education and research. Awards can be awarded at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, indicative of the commitment and progress made in supporting women in their career.

Queen’s University Belfast was the first UK Institution to be awarded an Institutional Silver Award in 2012. Eleven of its Schools and Departments now hold an individual award with two Schools achieving gold status, an outstanding achievement in recognition of Queen’s leading role in promoting women in science.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of a very few Nursing and Midwifery Schools in the country to be awarded a Silver Athena SWAN Award, an accolade which they achieved  in 2012 in recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science and higher education. The SWAN Self Assessment Team (SAT) in the School meets six-weekly to implement the Silver Action plan and is making plans to apply for the Gold Award.

SWAN supports a number of activities including the Research Internship Programme for students who may be interested in the opportunity to work alongside a nursing or midwifery researcher as they carry out research activities or to complete an MSc or PhD in the future. For further details contact Dr. Susan Clarke by email at: Regular events are offered to staff including a Professoriate lunch and a Careers Seminar to discuss career pathways, and a high achievers event to help students explore the idea of an academic career. Regular Academic Promotion Seminars are hosted by Head of School, to assist staff in preparing applications for promotion. The team also continues to develop recruitment strategies targeted at men interested in nursing.