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Athena SWAN

Promoting equality in the sciences

The School has been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its work to support women in science.

What is SWAN?

The Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU) Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.  Queen's University Belfast, was a founder member of the Athena SWAN Charter.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The School of Biological Sciences is fully committed to the aims of this Charter.

Members of staff from the school of Biological Sciences collecting their Athena Swan Gold Award



ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate)

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • Academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • Professional and support staff
  • Trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • Representation
  • Progression of students into academia
  • Journey through career milestones
  • Working environment for all staff

The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) is fundamental to quality of life across the globe. We believe that it is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area. Moreover, science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population

For further information, please visit Athena SWAN.


The School of Biologial Sciences' Self Assessment Team (SAT) members are:


Athena SWAN Gold department award application

Athena SWAN Award submission feedback  



Other Useful Links:

SBS Blog (launched 2015)

QUB Gender Initiative

QUB Equal Opportunities Unit

For tips from QUB and other successful Athena SWAN awardees, please play the video shown above.

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