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Panel Discussion

A VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION

This female focused panel discussion provided staff and students across the Faculty with an opportunity to discuss the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are managing work, life balance during this time.  Attendees discussed the mounting pressures of increased workloads, disruptions to research and the shift to online teaching and learning, simultaneous with the added pressures of school closures and social isolation.  However, positive aspects to this 'new normal' were also discussed and useful ideas and tips on ways to improve mental and physical health and wellbeing were shared. 

This virtual discussion took place on Thursday 11 March 2021 at 12.30 pm and the post-discussion feedback received has been very positive. 
 
The FMHLS Gender Equality Team thanks all our panellists and attendees for their contribution to and participation in this extremely worthwhile discussion.  There was most definitely a wonderful sense of camaraderie and support between staff and students at this event.   
 
To access the recording of this event, please contact Erin Davidson, Faculty Equality Co-ordinator (e.davidson@qub.ac.uk). 

MEET THE PANEL

PROFESSOR DONNA FITZSIMONS, PhD, FESE (CHAIR)

Professor Donna Fitzsimons is currently Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery and a Member of Senate in Queen's University Belfast. She is a past ESC Board Member (2014-2020) where she led Patient Involvement activities and pioneered the establishment of the ESC Patient Form. She was previously an elected Councillor on the ESC Board 2016-2018 and was Chair of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (2011-2013). As a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee she has lead work on involving patients in Guideline development and review, as well as enhancing nurses' role in Guideline Implementation. Currently she is working on projects with EAPCI, ACNAP and Digital Health.

Professor Fitzsimons' leadership demonstrates her commitment to improving the quality of patient experience and care through education and research. Her research interests in Cardiology include prevention, patient engagement and palliative and supportive care.

Professor Fitzsimons was the recent winner of the QUB Staff Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership. Congratulations Donna! 

MS COLLEEN SPENCE

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
FACULTY OF MEDICINE, HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES
 
Colleen Spence was appointed as the Interim Director of Operations in the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences in September 2020.  Colleen says, "taking on a new role within the University during the pandemic has been a challenge, with many competing priorities, working primarily from the spare room at home."

Colleen has also experienced the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the education system as a parent, as well as an HEI professional, with one daughter in Year 13 and one in 3rd year at University in GB. 

DR EIMAN ABDEL MEGUID

SENIOR LECTURER (EDUCATION)
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DENTISTRY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
 
Dr Eiman Abdel Meguid (MBChB, MSc, PhD, SFHEA) is a graduate in Medicine. In 1992, she received a grant from DAAD to pursue her PhD thesis in Anatomy at the Anatomische Institute, Eberhard-Karls Medizinische Fakultät, Tübingen, Deutschland. In 2014, she was appointed as a Senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast contributing to multiple undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Eiman is a reviewer for the Clinical Anatomy Journal and the Anatomical Sciences Education Journal. She supports major teaching activities, staff training and development across the University such as being a facilitator on the PGCHET, a mentor at QGI mentoring, was a former member of the Research Ethics Committee and a current Panel Member for Periodic Review Programs.

GILLIAN ROBINSON

STUDENT MIDWIFE
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
 
Gillian Robinson is a mother to three children under the age of 6.  Gillian was previously a Biomedical Scientist working in the Belfast Trust.  After much consideration she decided to come back to Queen's University to study Midwifery and is currently in her first year.

UBAH ABDI

PhD STUDENT
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
 
Ubah Abdi is a PhD student in the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University under the supervision of Dr Wafa Al-Jamal.  Ubah's project looks at the use of nanoparticles to target the pancreatic cancer to enhance current therapy.
 
Ubah grew up in Cardiff and graduated with a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science and Cancer Biology. 

PROFESSOR LORRAINE MARTIN

PROFESSOR OF BIOMOLECULAR SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
 
Lorraine Martin is a Professor of Biomolecular Sciences in the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast and a proud mum to two teenage boys. 
 
Lorraine was appointed to a Lectureship at Queen’s in 2000. Since then, she has built up a research programme focussed on chronic airways diseases, held a number of administrative positions in the school and in 2013 was the founding CEO of university spin-out, ProAxsis. Achievements include the winning INVENT 2013 as well as the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact Prize (2016) and the Research Culture Prize (2020).

JOANNE BROGAN

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT STAFF
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
 
Joanne Brogan has been a member of staff at Queen's University for 25 years in the role of professional support staff.  Joanne has been working in the School of Nursing and Midwifery for 20 of these years.  Joanne has a supervisory role in Post Registration Nursing and Pre and Post Registration Midwifery.  A large focus of her work relates to exams and assessment.  Joanne is married and a mum of one to her 12 year old daughter. 

DR CIAREN GRAHAM

SENIOR LECTURER
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
 
Dr Ciaren Graham is the Director of Education (UG) in the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University. Ciaren's research sits at the interface of biochemistry, genomics and proteomics. In her work, Ciaren uses mass spectrometry based proteomics to better understand the pathogenesis of a number of rare diseases including myeloproliferative neoplasms, systematic mastocytosis and Kaposi sarcoma.

MAEVE McALLISTER

DENTISTRY STUDENT
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DENTISTRY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
 

Maeve McAllister is a third year Dentistry Student and the Dentistry Student representative for the Gender Equality Committee for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. 

Maeve has a keen passion for anything and everything to widen the participation of staff and students in the School community. Maeve says, "I think the female community have been through so much during the last year, and in different ways that were discussed at the International Men’s Day panel. This panel discussion provides the perfect opportunity to discuss, learn from and celebrate some of the successes that have come from all of the stresses.”

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