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.
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
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
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.
PROFESSOR LORRAINE MARTIN
DR CIAREN GRAHAM
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.”