The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. Currently, Queen's University Belfast holds an Institutional Silver Award. The Gender Equality Office is leading the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences' application for an Athena SWAN Award.
WeCan is a self-governing body set up to advance leadership skills and personal qualifications via peer coaching and intensive courses.
Aimed at postdoctoral staff considering applications for academic posts (internally or externally), academic staff working towards promotion or senior academics with aspirations to take up School managerial positions.
Individually tailored packages are developed for staff in consultation with supervisors (for postdoctoral staff), Centre Directors and the Head of School. Experience in research management, teaching and administration is available through shadowing the roles of appropriate staff at more senior levels.
We are running a pilot study with ten female staff in the academic year 2012-3.