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Uniting to promote gender equality



The Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU) Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.  Queen's University Belfast, was a founder member of the Athena SWAN Charter.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.  The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Faculty's Gender Equality/Athena SWAN strategy is actively implemented and delivered across all four Schools, (School of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, School Nursing and Midwifery and School of Pharmacy).



The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences currently holds a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Achievements across our four Schools:

  • School of Biological Sciences: Gold Award
  • School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences: Silver Award
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery: Silver Award
  • School of Pharmacy: Silver Award

As a Faculty, we are fully committed to the aims of the Athena SWAN Charter.

Driving Gender Equality across the University

 International Women's Day 2019

Equality and Diversity at Queen's

Athena SWAN News and Events

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View SWAN news and upcoming events across the Faculty at the link below:

News and Events

Faculty of MHLS: Driving Athena SWAN across the Schools

Gender Equality Office

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

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Athena SWAN GOLD Award Holder

School of Biological Sciences

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Athena SWAN


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Athena SWAN

Nursing and Midwifery

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