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The Recommendations


These recommendations below were formulated in 2000 and based on the suggestions of 600 women from across the University who attended a series of 'listening seminars'. This listening exercise as a whole was awarded the Opportunity Now Workplace Award Northern Ireland (HE Sector) in 2001.


1.       Immediate actions and quick gains: June to December 2000

  • Relaunch family-friendly policies
  • Identify an immediate sum for a central earmarked fund for maternity leave cover
  • Institute a formal review of childcare provision for staff
  • Further career advancement for clerical staff
  • Institute a mentoring scheme for academic women
  • Maintain the Women’s Forum with an annual budget and secretariat to monitor progress
  • Investigate and continue to monitor closely: pay at appointment; equal pay at equal stages; and promotion rates
  • Identify and investigate the problems of culture in clearly unhappy areas
  • Increase resources in the Equal Opportunities Unit to make formal recognition of the importance of the agenda
  • Appoint/second a short-term champion at Pro-Vice-Chancellor level to oversee the implementation of gender equality policies with a Committee for Gender Equality to report to VCC
  • Set targets and timetables for 30%, 40%, 50% women PVCs, Deans, Head, Professors and grade 6 administrators etc
  • Launch major publicity campaign based on this package of measures


2.       Medium-term action: 2000-2005

  • Provide and require gender-aware training for all Heads of School/Chairs of committees and for both men and women in female management styles
  • Reconsider criteria for academic promotion
  • Reconsider criteria for academic-related promotion
  • Make managers responsible for the advancement of gender equality
  • Implement the review of childcare provision
  • Create a confidential staff welfare service with a core briefing system
  • Institute mechanisms for keeping in touch with women who have left to have children
  • Give pro-active consideration to the timing of meetings to accommodate home and family responsibilities
  • Investigate possibilities of career development for women in Research and Technical grades
  • Investigate the particular barriers to recruitment and carer advance of black and ethnic women; of women with disabilities; and of part-time employees
  • Set targets and timetables for 30%, 40% and 50% women at senior lecturer and reader level
  • Publish results of Women’s Forum research projects


3.       Longer-term culture change: 2000-2010

  • Monitor the effectiveness of the welfare service and the core briefing system
  • Ensure consistency in implementation of policies across the University
  • Gender-proof all QUB policies, activities, training and publications, using external objective expertise
  • Increase female committee membership
  • Reward in promotion terms effective and excessively heavy contribution to the University incurred in the interests of gender representation
  • Monitor academic workload to ensure women are not given heavy teaching, pastoral and administrative loads
  • Encourage a sense that it is a good thing to avail of family-friendly policies
  • Increase options for childcare
  • Carry out a full pay-audit of the salaries of all grades of staff
  • Set targets and timetables for 50% employment in the University overall and equal pay
  • Publish the Queen’s equality process
  • Use it to establish a fully thought- through equality policy for 2010-2020 to include religion, gender, sexuality, race and disability