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The School of Biomedical Sciences has been awarded have awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit (now known as Advance HE) in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research, recognising the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

The School of Biomedical Sciences developed an action plan to ensure gender equality, which was led by Dr Diane Lees Murdock, Senior Lecturer, with support from colleagues in the School. The action plan builds upon areas of strength, including a welcoming and positive workplace culture, cohesion amongst staff, and visibility of women in senior roles within the School. It recognised male undergraduate under-representation which led to the development of a workshop to inspire young males to consider coming to Ulster, in addition to the launch of an undergraduate peer mentoring pilot programme.