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Sex and Gender

Find out information about gender equality at Queen Mary University London

Mentoring Scheme for Women 

The Mentoring Scheme for Women enables QMUL to meet its commitment to gender equality, outlined in its Athena SWAN silver application as one of the initiatives to support the underrepresentation of women at senior levels.


QMUL participates in Aurora, a women-only leadership development programme aimed at addressing the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the Higher Education sector.

Springboard Women's Development Programme

Springboard is a three month personal and professional development programme for women including those who identify as women. It offers participants the opportunity to undertake a substantial review of their work and personal life, and take more control by making good quality decisions about the right way forward.

Springboard Women's Development Programme for Researcher

The Springboard Women’s Development Programmeis designed specifically for women researchers from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. Across the UK, many early career researchers (PhD, postdoc and fellows) have participated in the programme to the benefit of their personal and career development.

Women into Leadership

Women into Leadership is designed for women working at all levels within QMUL including those aspiring to a management or leadership role. It aims to develop further understanding and insight into leadership and management, and equips participants with the skills and confidence to apply these in current and future roles.

Information for staff

Athena SWAN

For more information about the Athena SWAN - scheme to advance women career in sciences, engineering and medicine - please visit the dedicated page  here.

WISE – Women in Science and Engineering Society:

The Women in Science and Engineering Society was set up in 2008 as an informal group of discussion/networking for Queen Mary Students and Postdocs interested in the role of female participation in science and in medicine

HSS Gender Equality Network

To join the network, please sign up on the SYMPA list on the ITS website:

The network is open to all and meets 2/3 times per year to discuss gender related issues in HSS.

Women at QMUL

The project sought to explore the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities for women from different generations and different communities entering higher education for the first time and to draw parallels between different groups of women for whom the entry into education was unexpected and in some sense disruptive of wider assumptions about the social and cultural role of women 

Family friendly and leave policies:

Leave and work life balance:
Family friendly (nursery, childcare vouchers):

Breastfeeding/Expressing Milk Statement

Staff and Students wishing to breastfeed/express milk at Queen Mary have access to appropriate facilities (on a booking basis). Please find  the statement on the top right corner. Contact Carol Malcolm if you have any queries.

Student representatives

The Student union has a dedicated women student liberation officer, please contact her if you have any query, would like to be involved or have any issues to raise:

Please visit the student union website for more information:


The group’s aims are to strive for gender equality on campus, as well as in the wider community. We hold events to raise awareness of the issues affecting women and to discuss the way in which we can, as a group, have influence over these.

Student Parents website

A website has been created, in partnership with the National Student Union, to provide advice and support for student parents:

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