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Queen’s Management School Gender Equality Initiative: Overview

Queen's Management School (QMS) Gender Equality Initiative joins the efforts by the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Unit to ensure equality of opportunity and respect for diversity across the institution and its wider community. We are here to actively enhance gender equality at the Management School. Our work includes hosting and facilitating conversations on gender issues in academia, drawing attention to senior female role models, organising gender awareness activities, and ensuring our School processes actively promote gender equality to staff members and students.

School Commitments

QUB is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body. All policies are aimed to enable staff and students to meet their full potential and to be treated as individuals. A number of policies beyond meeting statutory requirements are also in place, whereby the School commits to being a leader in the industry. Application forms for Parental Leave, Paternity Leave, Flexible Working, Career Break, and Adoptive Leave can be found here, alongside information on a healthy work life balance. In addition, the University is committed to its Trans Equality Policy and provides support for LGBT students.

During my time at Queen’s we have made quite a lot of progress on gender equality, but we have still a long way to go. It’s great that we have a female head of school, but we need more women at senior levels in the school. In economics and finance, we need better gender balance at every level. Dr Renee Prendergast
Athena Swan Champion

Athena SWAN

About Athena SWAN

This year the Management School is applying for a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter Mark. Bronze institution awards recognise that the institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

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QMS Gender Equality


The QMS Gender Equality Blog was developed to share information on our research, teaching, and engagement activities related to promoting gender equality in a fast, informative, and accessible way. In addition, the blog allows us to provide updates in relation to our progress towards attaining an Athena Swan Bronze Charter Mark.

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Annual Diversity Lecture Series

Mary McAleese

In June 2019, former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, formally launched the Queen’s Management School Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture Series during an event at the University. The new lecture series is part of Queen’s Management School’s mission to promote greater equality and diversity in the workplace, particularly with regards to ensuring equality of opportunity and respect for diversity across the University and the wider community.

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Gender Equality Team

QMS created the Gender Equality Team (GET) to explore our gender balance, processes, practices and culture.  

The GET meets approximately monthly and consists of staff and students from across the School, including: 

We have allowed female potential to be unfulfilled for too long. Why is gender equality important? Because it's 2019! We must act as agents of change to eliminate the glass ceiling that hampers female promotion and development as leaders. Silviu Tierean
Athena Swan Champion

Queen’s Gender Initiative

Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) has published a report on the success of the Mentoring Scheme offered across the University which has helped 238 women advance their careers in academia. See the Summary Report here


Other Useful Gender Equality Links

Links to relevant and useful websites and articles related to gender equality:

  • Gender Portal EU: GenPORT is a community sourced internet portal for sharing knowledge and inspiring collaborative action on gender and science. It brings together academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers in order to offer resources, information, support, and links to relevant institutions, large-scale databases, and networks.
  • Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research: Based at the University of Sussex, CHEER aims to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in higher education. Their current research is centred around four broad themes: internationalisation; leadership; the neo-liberal global academy; and inclusion.
  • Setting Agendas on Gender Equality in the Higher Education Sector in Ireland: Hosted by the University of Limerick and based on work by Professor Pat O’Connor, this webpage provides links to videos and case studies examining the under-representation of women in the professoriate and in senior management.
  • Times Higher Education Articles on Gender: The THE website regularly features articles examining gender inequality across all aspects of academia in the UK and further afield, including this thought-provoking piece on potential causes and solutions.
  • UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 - Gender Equality: Information from the UN on the importance of gender equality globally, as well as the progress made towards achieving it.
  • Women, know your Limits: Cultural Sexism in Academia: An article from Gender and Education unpacking and exploring examples of ‘cultural sexism’ in British academia.