Queen’s receives Silver Athena SWAN award

Queen’s receives Silver Athena SWAN award

Pictured with the University's Silver Athena SWAN award are, L-R:  Lynn Boyd from Queen's Gender Initiative; Jane Garvey from the Equal Opportunities Unit; Professor Tom Millar; Equal Opportunities Manager Paul Browne; and Director of Queen's Gender Initiative Professor Yvonne Galligan

Queen’s has received a Silver Athena SWAN award making it the lead university in the United Kingdom for tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering.

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Tom Millar, received the award on behalf of Queen's at a reception in Birmingham University. He was joined by colleagues from Queen’s Gender Initiative, the Equal Opportunities Unit and members of staff from the Schools which were awarded departmental silver and bronze awards.

In addition to the institutional award, Queen’s is the University with the most departmental silver awards. Seven individual Schools (Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology; Psychology; Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering; Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), currently hold silver awards.

The Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Mathematics and Physics and Pharmacy currently hold bronze awards for their work and commitment to furthering the careers of female academics.

Professor Tom Millar said: “This award is recognition of the enormous contribution and commitment, for more than a decade, of many staff, academic and non-academic, male and female, to ensure that the University continues to lead the way in supporting the careers and career ambitions of female academic staff.”

Director of Queen’s Gender Initiative Professor Yvonne Galligan said: “As Director of Queen’s Gender Initiative, I am very aware of how much Queen’s and the wider economy benefit from enabling women in science to achieve their potential. To do so, we have devised concrete, targeted actions across the sciences that we will be implementing in the coming years. These actions build on over a decade of work, and are a remarkable team effort across the University.”

Manager of the Equal Opportunities Unit, Paul Browne, said: “The award recognises the work undertaken to address the gender balance at Queen’s and is testament to those who have ensured the adoption of best practice aimed at providing a more equal workplace for all employees of the University.”

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