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Athena SWAN Gold Award

Athena SWAN Gold Award

In May 2014, we were awarded a Gold Award by Athena SWAN in recognition of our good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) in higher education.  We work hard to ensure that our School provides an inclusive and supportive environment for our staff and students. Many of our staff have family or caring responsibilities so we have policies in place which support their flexible needs.  We recognise and respect the diversity of our staff and students whether in relation to their ethnicity, cultural background or sexual orientation.  Further information on the SWAN initiative can be found at


Professor Teresa McCormack of the School of Psychology and Jane Garvey of the Equal Opportunities Unit at Queen's University Belfast talk to an audience at Bournemouth University describing how gender initiatives at QUB have led to success in Athena SWAN applications.



Learn more about our policies, SWAN submissions and support for women in our School