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The School of Law is committed to ensure equality and respect for diversity across the School and its community, fitting with the priorities of the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit. This includes a commitment to gender equality.

Athena SWAN in the School

The School is in the process of applying for a Bronze Athena SWAN award. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment shown by Universities and their individual Schools and Departments to advancing women’s careers. There are three levels of award; Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze departmental award recognises that a School has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

SWAN supports a number of activities within the School which are part of the School’s Action Plan on Gender Equality. These include an annual Career Development Workshop, mentoring for post-probation staff and postdoctoral researchers, scheduled lunch and coffee meet ups to provide informal support and networking for female staff, an annual ‘Women in Law and Leadership’ seminar series for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and advancement of female role models within the School for all staff and students in public lectures, visiting scholarships and wider events.

The School’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team includes:

Kathryn McNeilly (Athena SWAN Champion)
Robin Hickey (Head of School)
Colette Farrell (School Manager)
Ciaran O’Kelly (Lecturer)
Kevin Brown (Lecturer)
Yassin Brunger (Lecturer)
Brian Jack (Lecturer)
Anna Bryson (Senior Lecturer)
Sara Clavero (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Ronan Deazley (Professor)
Dagmar Schiek (Professor)
Anne-Marie McAlinden (Professor)
Ling Bai (Professional and Support Staff)
Leah Treanor (PhD Student)

Gender Equality Policy Commitments

Queen’s University Belfast 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. A number of policies are in place aimed to enable staff and students to meet their full potential and to be treated as individuals:

  • The University’s Equality and Diversity Policy can be found here.
  • Information on and application forms for Parental Leave, Paternity Leave, Flexible Working, Career Break, and Adoptive Leave can be found here alongside further information on a healthy work life balance. Information on childcare, including the Childcare Voucher Scheme can be found here.
  • The University is committed to its Trans Equality Policy and provides support for LGBT students.
  • The University is also committed to establishing an environment that is free from any form of harassment and bullying, including on the basis of gender. Information on the University’s Bullying and Harassment Policy can be found here.

Queen’s Gender Initiative

Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) provides a channel for women’s views on priority issues for women to come to the fore. This forum also acts as a route through which women’s responses to policies, practices and procedures can be made known to senior oganisational managers.

QGI offers a University-wide Mentoring Scheme which has helped over 200 women progress in their professional development in academia. Information on this can be found at the QGI webpage.

 SWAN Career Development Workshop

On Friday 27th October the School of Law held its inaugural SWAN Career Development Workshop. The purpose of this event was to provide support for colleagues in their career development across a number of levels. The event focused on three key issues: building your research profile; career planning and strategy; REF and writing for publication. Speakers sharing their experience at the event were Professor Aoife O'Donoghue (Durham Law School), Professor Debbie Lisle (QUB School of HAPP), Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (QUB School of Happ), Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden (QUB School of Law) and Professor John Morison (QUB School of Law). Within this, particular attention was dedicated to career development needs of female staff and students. This event was attended by thirteen academic staff, three postdoctoral researchers and five postgraduate research students. 

You can see further images from the workshop on our Flickr account