Our first Athena SWAN student poster competition ran during April 2021, where we asked students to design a poster to showcase a woman who inspired them. We had entries from every Faculty and every level of study, showcasing women from many spheres including science, politics, education and the media, as well as women closer to home such as mothers and teachers who personally inspired our entrants.
We had a significant number of entries and our judging panel were very impressed with the standard of entries:
There were lots of fantastic entries reflective of women across the globe, some in the public eye and those closer to home. It was a wonderful and poignant reminder that inspirational women can be found everywhere. The judges’ choice of winners and runners-up exhibited strong compositions, were extremely well executed, and presented in unique styles. Thank you to everyone for taking part and getting involved and showcasing such diverse and incredible women. Yassin Brunger, Joe Butterfield, Erin Davidson & Aaron Maule
DR JOE BUTTERFIELD:
Joe is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also a SWAN Champion for his School and a member of the Institutional Athena SWAN Steering Group.
DR YASSIN BRUNGER:
Yassin is a Lecturer in the School of Law. She is also a member of the Institutional Athena SWAN steering group, co-Chair of iRISE, which is the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network, and co-Director of the Gender Justice and Society Network.
Erin is the Equality Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. She supports the Faculty SWAN Champions, is a member of the FMHLS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Teams and co-ordinates the Gender Equality Events and Initiatives across Faculty. Erin also designs the FMHLS Gender Equality promotional materials and websites!
PROFESSOR AARON MAULE:
Aaron is the Dean of Research for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and a member of the Institutional Athena SWAN Steering Group.
Established in 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter began as a recognition scheme of excellence in women’s employment in STEMM. Since then the Charter has developed to cover all staff and students as a framework to address gender equality more broadly in relation to representation, progression and culture. In addition, the Charter requires participants to address Trans equality and intersectionality in its analyses and action plans.
A founding member of Athena SWAN, Queen’s currently holds an institutional silver award (one of only 19 universities in the UK to do so). We also have three Gold School awards, six Silver School awards and five Bronze School awards. Our work and awards are a major achievement and source of pride for Queen’s.
Our commitment to Athena SWAN has led to real benefits for our whole community, and made Queen’s into a more equitable institution for students and staff.
Athena SWAN work represents students and staff. As part of our requirements, we analyse student data by gender across level of study, by course, by number of applications, offers and acceptances, by completion and attainment rates, by considering the progression pipeline for students, and by analysing the career support provided to students.
As part of their SWAN work, Schools regularly consult with their students, engage in significant outreach and crucially develop evidence-based actions to address gender imbalances. Students get involved with International Women’s Day, International Men’s Day, Ada Lovelace Day events that are arranged/facilitated through Athena SWAN programmes.
We would encourage you to read your School’s latest Athena SWAN application, and to get involved. A list of the School SWAN Champions are available here on our website.