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Athena SWAN Structures


The Athena Swan programme at Queen’s is led by Professor Karen McCloskey (Academic lead, reporting to the Vice Chancellor) and the Institutional Self-Assessment Team (ISAT).  The ISAT meets 6-8 times per year, reviewing progress against the Institutional Action Plan, setting priorities and goals, addressing challenges raised through the Athena Swan Champions network and identifying solutions.

Institutional Self-Assessment Team

The ISAT provides institutional oversight of the Athena Swan programmes in our 15 schools and provides critical review of applications, working collectively and individually with school co-Champions.

Membership is regularly reviewed to achieve a balanced ISAT with respect to members’ expertise, roles in the University, faculties, professional services, personal characteristics (specifically gender and ethnicity) and representation from student groups where appropriate.

Support for School Athena Swan Co-Champions

School Athena Swan Co-Champions work with their local SATs to develop applications and create action plans.  Delivery of Athena Swan programmes and progress against actions is monitored regularly by SAT members.  SATs are supported by data analysts within Faculty offices in addition to coordinators within a number of Faculties.

The QGI team/Swan Project Manager provides a drop-in service for School Champions on Wednesday afternoons via MS-Teams or in person (8th floor, MST).  In addition, Swan Clinics are arranged for Schools preparing new applications or annual reviews.  These are dedicated 2-hour sessions with the Swan Project Manager, Academic Lead and School Champions.