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QUEEN'S SHORTLISTED FOR DIVERSITY AWARD 

19 January 2017

Queen’s University has been shortlisted for a national award to recognise Northern Ireland employers who actively promote equality and diversity within their organisations. 

The inaugural Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala and Awards celebrate equality and diversity in the workplace and recognise those who advocate and drive diversity within their organisations.

The Legal Island Equality and Diversity Awards Gala, which is being held for the first time in March in Belfast City Hall, brings together and showcases employers from around Northern Ireland who understand the business and social benefits of embedding strong equality and diversity practices in the workplace. The theme for the Awards is Cultural/Ethnic Diversity and the University has been shortlisted for an award in the Large Public Sector Employer category.

Commenting on the short listing, Director of Human Resources, Sean McGuickin said: “The University has long been regarded as one of the leaders in the field of equality and diversity, which is reflected in our Athena SWAN Institutional Silver status.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted by a panel of local experts who have recognised the efforts the University’s staff and students go to in promoting equality, diversity and cultural integration around campus.”

Conor Curran from the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit, who prepared the institutional submission, commented:  “It is an honour for Queen’s to be short listed for this new award. Queen’s has been at the forefront of promoting equality and diversity for many years. This announcement is a reflection of the huge amount of equality and diversity work carried out across campus and we look forward to showcasing our work further at the Gala event this spring, whatever result it may bring.”

The Legal Island Equality and Diversity Gala will take place on 31 March 2017. The evening will showcase the advantages of equality and diversity to employers and the wider community, while celebrating success stories of individuals, groups and employers.

Awards will be presented to private sector companies (SMEs and large employers), charities/not for profits and public sector organisations. For the inaugural year the award will focus on organisations that have supported advancements in ethnic and cultural diversity.

In addition to Queen’s, those shortlisted include Pinsent Masons, Habinteg Housing Association (Ulster) Ltd, Lagan Construction and ArtsEkta.

Further information on the Awards is available here.

Media inquiries to Queen’s University Communications Office, tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3087/3091.

 

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