2007 - Queen's was awarded an Athena silver SWAN award for excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education. The award was presented to Professor Mullett for the Queen's Gender Initiative by Sir David King, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, at a ceremony held in March in the Royal Society in London.
2009 - the School of Biological Sciences was awarded a silver SWAN award, for its commitment to the progression of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). Professor Christine Maggs coordinated the School's submission. Awarded by the Athena/SWAN charter scheme, SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting and promoting women in SET in higher education.
The School of Biological Sciences is the first School in the University to receive recognition at silver in its own right. The judges were glad to see that several women in Biological Sciences had participated in the Queen's Gender Initiative's mentoring programme and that social activities are largely organised so that children and their mothers can attend.
2010 - the University gained a bronze SWAN award. The Schools of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering and Psychology gained silver SWAN awards. The Schools of Mechanical & Aerospace and Nursing & Midwifery both gained bronze awards.