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The Women's Forum


In 1999 the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir George Bain, had decided to make gender inequality one of his top personal priorities and brought together a small group of senior women. He realized that in order to retain talented women, the University would need to implement procedures which would make staff feel valued, motivated and committed to the university's goals. The small group in turn realized that quick fixes or cosmetic appointments would change nothing, and formed a Women's Forum, chaired by Mrs Brenda McLaughlin, the then Senior Pro-Chancellor, to listen to the women of Queen's.


  • To collect and disseminate the evidence of that imbalance and to investigate its causes

  • To provide a forum for women at all levels of the University to voice their concerns

  • To reinforce, develop and publicise the application of work-life policies at Queen's University Belfast

  • To learn from best practice

  • To draw up an action plan and identify proposals for implementation by the University's senior management team in the form of a series of recommendations


Minutes from a Women's Forum meeting in January 2010