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University awarded BITC "Responsible Business" Award for Diversity & Inclusion


Queen’s University Belfast scooped the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland on Thursday 1 June.

More than 500 business people gathered at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 1 June to see Northern Ireland’s leading responsible companies recognised for their outstanding contributions to their people, the planet and the places where they operate.

Queen’s University Belfast won the Diversity and Inclusion Award sponsored by BT, at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland "for demonstrating excellence in creating and developing a diverse and inclusive workplace which offers opportunities for all, through its strategic and meaningful approach to diversity and inclusion."

‌The University had been shortlisted with other finalists, Asda, Lagan Construction, Pinsent Masons and Allen & Overy.‌ Commenting on the award, Conor Curran, Acting Head of Equality and Diversity, commented: "We were surprised and delighted to win the 2017 Responsible Business, Diversity & Inclusion Award, especially given the size and reputation of the other short listed finalists. There is so much good work going on around campus in relation to equality, diversity and inclusive work practices - but sometimes you need to get off campus and shine a light on your work with the wider community. The Responsible Business Awards gave us that opportunity and we are delighted that the judging panel selected Queen's as the local leaders in this field."

Pictured L-R: Leeann Matchett (QUB), Conor Curran (QUB), Gillian McKee (Business in the Community NI), Mudra Kumar (QUB), Clare McAllister (Electric Ireland), Kate Brassington (QUB).

Sponsored by Electric Ireland, supported by JP Corry, and in association with Ulster Business Magazine, the annual awards celebrate firms that are making a difference by taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues – transforming communities and changing lives. The winners were:

  • NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by Diageo – George Best Belfast City Airport
  • Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by Department for Communities – Ulster Bank
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by BT – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy – Farrans Construction
  • Employability Champion, sponsored by Belfast Harbour – Marks & Spencer
  • Environmental Leadership, sponsored by Arthur Cox – Lagan Construction Group
  • Marketplace Leadership, sponsored by Fujitsu – AES UK & Ireland (Big Business);
  • Suki Tea (Small Business) One-to-Watch, sponsored by Danske Bank – Belfast International Airport
  • Wellbeing at Work, sponsored by Larne Port –Queen’s University Belfast

BITC Responsible Business Magazine June 2017 - which contains features on all the category winners.

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