SWAN and Gender Equality

Athena Swan: Promoting equality in education

SWAN Bronze Award

In 2015, the School of Modern Languages was awarded the SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to gender equality and career progression.  In 2016, the School of Modern Languages was amalgamated into the School of Arts, English & Languages and continues to uphold the SWAN principles in the larger school.  

School SWAN champions:



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.

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News / Recent Events

Crossing Boundaries in Language Teaching conference

Recent Event | 3 May, 2019

'Crossing Boundaries in Language Teaching: Northern Ireland and Beyond', took place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May.2019 in Queen's University Belfast.

Coffee & Cake event for International Women’s Day - raised money for Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid

Recent Event | 11 April, 2019

This event on 11 April 2019 raised over £200 for Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid, who provide confidential support, information and emergency accommodation for women and children affected by domestic violence.

#Archivingthe8th AEL SWAN PGR seminar series with Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald (UCD)

Recent Event | 10 April, 2019

Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald (School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin) spoke about her work with colleagues across institutions during and immediately after the referendum on the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland 2018.

Congratulations to JAM Pupils who received Athena SWAN Initiative Awards

News | 12 April, 2019

At the JAM (Junior Academy of Music) brass recital on Saturday 6th April 2019 six pupils received School of AEL, Athena SWAN Initiative Awards.

Language at Work: Queer and Feminist Language and Translation

Recent Event | 28 March, 2019

On Thursday 28 March 2019 Dr Michela Baldo (Honorary Fellow in Translation Studies, University of Hull) gave a talk on feminist and queer language, dealing with how gender and sexuality is represented in our language choices.

Upcoming Events

The next Athena SWAN event 'Big Lunch' is currently being scheduled. Further details will be published shortly.

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