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Athena Swan

The School of Nursing and Midwifery was awarded a Silver Award by Athena SWAN in 2012 (http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/html/athena-swan/) in recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science in 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: helen.noble@qub.ac.uk. 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, Professor Linda Johnson to assist staff in preparing applications for promotion. The team also continues to develop recruitment strategies targeted at men interested in nursing.