Gender Equality


The School of Law is committed to ensure equality and respect for diversity across the School and its community, fitting with the priorities of the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit. This includes a commitment to gender equality.

Athena SWAN in the School

The School is in the process of applying for a Bronze Athena SWAN award. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment shown by Universities and their individual Schools and Departments to advancing women’s careers. There are three levels of award; Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze departmental award recognises that a School has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

SWAN supports a number of activities within the School including mentoring for female staff in relation to career development and for PhD students, promotion of events to facilitate PhD student networking, and advancement of female role models within the School for all staff and students. 

The School’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team includes:

Kathryn McNeilly (Athena SWAN Champion)
Ciaran O’Kelly (Lecturer)
Kevin Brown (Lecturer)
Yassin Brunger (Lecturer)
Anna Bryson (Senior Lecturer)
Sara Clavero (Research Assistant)
Ronan Deazley (Professor)
Mary Dobbs (Lecturer)
Ronagh McQuigg (Lecturer)
Dagmar Schiek (Professor)
Clare Patton (PhD Student)
Leah Treanor (PhD Student)

Gender Equality Policy Commitments

Queen’s University Belfast is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body. A number of policies are in place aimed to enable staff and students to meet their full potential and to be treated as individuals:

  • The University’s Equality and Diversity Policy can be found here.
  • Information on and application forms for Parental Leave, Paternity Leave, Flexible Working, Career Break, and Adoptive Leave can be found here alongside further information on a healthy work life balance. Information on childcare, including the Childcare Voucher Scheme can be found here.
  • The University is committed to its Trans Equality Policy and provides support for LGBT students.
  • The University is also committed to establishing an environment that is free from any form of harassment and bullying, including on the basis of gender. Information on the University’s Bullying and Harassment Policy can be found here.

Queen’s Gender Initiative

Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) provides a channel for women’s views on priority issues for women to come to the fore. This forum also acts as a route through which women’s responses to policies, practices and procedures can be made known to senior oganisational managers.

QGI offers a University-wide Mentoring Scheme which has helped over 200 women progress in their professional development in academia. Information on this can be found at the QGI webpage.