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The 2020 Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture with Guest Speaker, Dr Anita Sands

Queen's Managment School

7 February 2020

Athena SWAN Award Celebrations

Celebrating the renewal of Silver Awards for QUB and the School of Pharmacy

9 January 2020

STEM Innovators Event

Hosted by QGI, featuring female STEM Professors from Queen's who have bridged academic research and the commercial sector through the founding of spinout companies.

14 November 2019


QGI in partnership with the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

8 October 2019

Lady Brenda McLaughlin Portrait Unveiling

Portrait by Comhghall Casey

A Queen's graduate, Brenda McLaughlin was formerly the Chair of the South East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust and Vice-Chair of the Eastern Health and Social Services Board.  In 1997, she was awarded the CBE for her contributions to the Health Service and the community.

Brenda was appointed Por-Chancellor of Queen's Unviersity on 1 January 1999, having served as a member of Senate since 1993.  She has taken a special interest in the role and position of women within Queen's and, in 1999, helped set up the Women's Forum, which she chairs and which led to the establishment of the award-winning Queen's Gender Initiative in 2000.

This portrait was painted by Comhghall Casey from Omagh in Co. Tyrone.  Comhghall has been working full time as an artist since graduating from art college in Belfast in 1998.  Based in Dublin since the year 2000, his work focuses on creating meticulous and sparse still life studies as well as portraiture and life painting.  Discover more about Comhghall and his work here.

Women Emerging from the Shadows

Painting by Michelle Rogers

This 16 ft by 6 ft painting was commissioned by the Women’s Forum/QGI and is the work of award-winning Newry artist, Michelle Rogers. The painting, which hangs in the University’s Council Chamber, representing all female staff, students and alumni, depicts 25 women, some almost life-size, striding forward into the light.

The competition, offering a £20,000 commission, was part of the ‘Faces of Women’ initiative that included the commissioning of portraits of distinguished Queen's women including distinguished nephrologist Mollie McGeown and President of Ireland, former Queen’s Professor Mary McAleese, which are now on display in the University’s Great Hall.