Outreach event designed to encourage applications for jobs from under-represented groups
The Equality and Diversity Unit recently welcomed 21 people from hard-to-reach groups across Belfast.
The event - called "Behind the Scenes at Queen's" - was designed to give people who would not normally consider Queen’s University as an employer an informal opportunity to look round some of our iconic buildings, to meet staff and to ask them what's it's really like... behind the scenes!
The event was also part of both the University's Article 55 Affirmative Action Plan and Disability Action Plan - both which are designed to ensure there is fair representation of people from different backgrounds and abilities in jobs at the University.
Organisations who engaged with the University on this open morning included Mencap, Belfast Works, Now Group, Belfast City Council, USEL, Bryson Group, NIHE, Clanrye Group, and Action on Hearing Loss.
Feedback from participants was very positive and included the following comments:
“It is more than just a job, it's the whole experience.”
“This has made me realise the extent of employment and various trades that I would not have thought of"
“It's given me a better idea of what to expect when working here and given a better idea of how to apply for positions and the help you can get doing that!"
"I appreciated the informality and approachability of staff"
"It was overall a delightful experience"
The Equality and Diversity Unit are extremely grateful for the energetic support that the staff and student guides gave to the event, whether in the library, guiding on the tour, or providing expert advice.