Exploristics awarded Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation

Huge congratulations to Exploristics who have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of the milestones they have met and their ongoing commitment to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Aiden Flynn, Exploristics CEO

Aiden Flynn, Exploristics CEO said “I am thrilled that Exploristics has received this award. It is a testament to the dedication of our team who strive to ensure that we offer the most open, fair and inclusive work culture we can. We are grateful to Diversity Mark for providing us with the framework and guidance to help us achieve this, and by doing so supporting our efforts in attracting and retaining the best talent.”

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark said “We are delighted that Exploristics have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of their progress and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion and we congratulate all the team on this very significant achievement. The independent assessment panel were impressed with their application, and the progress that has been made since embarking on their Diversity Mark journey. The energetic and committed approach adopted across the organisation from Board level through the committee to feedback from ground level is inspiring. We look forward to them continuing their progressive and innovative initiatives moving forward.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at Exploristics on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

New Chartermark collaboration to deliver Diversity & Inclusion excellence across NI and beyond

Diversity Mark and Legal Island, two leading all-Ireland certification bodies, have joined forces to deliver a sole accreditation recognising diversity and inclusion (D&I) excellence in the workplace.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark and
Barry Phillips, Chairman at Legal Island.

A response to the growing demand for independent D&I accreditation in the pandemic era, the newly-formed Chartermark will enable organisations to establish targets and milestones on their path to greater inclusion.

Speaking on the collaboration, Nuala Murphy, Head of Diversity Mark, said:


“This is an exciting development for organisations as the newly-formed Chartermark offers the employer the very best of both worlds. It includes ambitious targets and milestones that will mark the D&I journey towards excellence in diversity and inclusion practices, with evidence of up-to-date D&I policies and all-staff D&I training required from February 2023.”

Since launching in 2016, Diversity Mark’s accreditation process has required organisations to set out clear goals and milestones relevant to D&I activity, all of which are thoroughly reviewed by independent assessors. The feedback provided then enables organisations to develop their D&I initiatives as they seek to build a more inclusive workforce. 

“We want companies to be courageous about change,” Nuala added. “Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is a top organisational priority, particularly in the pandemic era, and as an awarding body we welcome organisations to reach out and begin their journey towards greater inclusion. Our community of signatories is growing rapidly across the rest of Ireland and the UK with public declarations to build workplaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are.”

With its focus on compliance and proactive training for all business sectors, coupled with its annual D&I Awards at Titanic Belfast, Legal Island has given unprecedented profile to the importance of robust D&I practices in organisations across Northern Ireland and beyond.

Barry Phillips, Chairman at Legal Island, added:

“We believe this combination of compliance and stretch targets is unique in the marketplace and it’s a really exciting development. At times, Northern Ireland has perhaps been considered something of a backwater for D&I activity. This development really positions us front and centre.

“No other region of the UK or indeed Ireland offers employers such a unique and thorough accreditation process, together with the opportunity for recognition at an annual D&I Awards evening.  Couple this with relevant and readily accessible online D&I training, and employers large and small across all sectors can expect to excel.”

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Danske Bank launches new Diversity and Inclusion policy

Danske Bank has launched a new Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policy during its first ever D&I Spotlight Week, in a sign of its commitment to creating a workplace in which all colleagues truly feel that they belong. During D&I Spotlight Week, Danske colleagues learned more about the Bank’s commitment to D&I, about the support systems in place, and about the ambitions of the Bank’s colleague-led affinity networks – its Gender Network, Rainbow Network, Enable Disability Network and Origins, its Race Equality Network. 

Jenny Moore, Employment Lawyer and Chair of Danske’s Belong Steering Committee, said: “Advocacy, allyship and accountability are just some of the themes we’ve explored during our Spotlight week.  Of course, an inclusive workplace that really makes colleagues feel as though they belong, means different things to each individual. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work. “Diversity, equality, and inclusion practices have to be meaningful, with colleagues heard and supported at all levels of our business. Creating a culture that fosters a true sense of belonging must be thoughtfully created, actively championed, and constantly evolving. We’re committed to that approach right across our business and our focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging is not a ‘nice to have’, nor an ‘add-on’, it is an absolute business and colleague imperative.” 

Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank added: “At Danske Bank, we have a clear purpose – helping customers, colleagues and society thrive – and our Diversity and Inclusion strategy is central to that. “While our new D&I policy is a sign of our continued commitment to this area, as an organisation we are in always in listening mode, and our colleagues will remain pivotal in developing our strategy. They bring it life every day; D&I is truly embedded in our DNA. “We’re proud of our passionate, focused affinity networks, who are empowered and supported by senior management to set ambitious targets, take meaningful action and report on progress. “And diversity also makes great business sense – it leads to better performance outcomes for organisations, supports their safety and soundness, and promotes financial stability.” 

Earlier this year, the Bank achieved the highest level of CORE – the Business in the Community Standard for Responsible Business. Danske also holds Silver status of the Diversity Charter Mark and in 2021 was listed in the top ten ‘Best Companies’ to work for in Northern Ireland.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

“Making Tech More Inclusive” in partnership with Deloitte

Thank you to everyone who attended our latest Industry Peer Event, “Making Tech More Inclusive” in partnership with Deloitte. Within the 1hr virtual session we explored Deloitte’s strategies for getting more women into technology roles.

We heard from five speakers, Kerrie Irvine, Director in Human Capital and Diversity Sponsor, Joanna Karlic, Manager in Technology Strategy, Gary Semple, Director in Systems Engineering, Ashleigh Gibney, Manager in Systems Engineering and Fiona Savage, Analyst in Technology Strategy and Brightstart Scheme Apprentice on their journeys both inside and outside Deloitte, and how they have been breaking down the stereotypes that society has attached to tech roles.

Gary Semple, Director in Systems Engineering at Deloitte

Kerrie Irvine kicked off the session noting Deloitte’s journey with Diversity and Inclusion to date, including being accredited the Silver Diversity Mark and the impact this has had on the organization.

Joanna Karlic spoke of a long list of benefits of a gender balanced tech sector however highlighted a focused top three for Deloitte

  • Better overall outcomes
  • Equal representation in product design
  • High paying tech jobs can aid towards reducing gender pay gap

The session closed with Nuala Murphy our interim Head of Business hosting a fire side Q&A chat engaging in more insights and diving deeper into what more we can do to drive change, taking some great questions from attendees on the call.

Thank you to the team at Deloitte for their time, expertise and willingness to challenging change within the tech sector and sharing their best practices with our Diversity Mark community.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Diversity Mark and Boardroom Apprentice Industry Peer Event

Diversity Mark recently hosted an Industry Peer Event in collaboration with Boardroom Apprentice. Within the one-hour session we heard from founder Eileen Mullan and thrilled to have been joined by the following Boardroom Apprentice participants Jo McGinley, David Johnston and Adriana Morvaiova who shared their own journeys.

The event was finished up with our Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy hosting an insightful Q&A Session including questions from attendees on the call.

Boardroom Apprentice is all about delivering diversity, creating change and achieving aspirations, allowing those without board experience, to gain experience and enhancing their knowledge and understanding through in depth learning and support. You can find out more information on this years cohort by clicking through to their website.

Eileen Mullan is Founder of Boardroom Apprentice, enabling and empowering the next generation of decision makers. She is a powerhouse in advocating for diversity and a champion for change. Eileen is a trusted expert in governance and has transformed organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors. She is a highly accomplished trainer and award-winning Chair and as a trusted Board advisor, Eileen enables Boards alongside their Executive Teams to have the conversations they need to have. Eileen is a frequent contributor to conferences and events along with delivering a TEDx talk “make time for what matters to you”. She holds an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance, an IOD Diploma in Company Direction and is a trained Mediator.

Jo McGinley has extensive experience in change management, coaching, PR, communications and stakeholder engagement. She has led large scale transformational change programmes in the private and public sector and, more recently, has experience working with senior leadership teams to help them design, deliver and implement their strategic business plans.

Adriana Morvaiova was born in Slovakia, raised in a multilingual family with Hungarian roots. Adriana relocated to Northern Ireland in 2006 where she joined Sensata Technologies. Her role in team development supports high performing teams in form of coaching, organizing training and events, building a hybrid working model post pandemic and encouraging innovation through strengthening DE&I. She delivered a TED talk addressing accent bias and misconceptions around linguistic diversity.

David Johnston was born to a Jamaican father and Northern Irish mother, David is married with three teenage children. Prior to retiring in 2021, he had been a Human Resources practitioner for over 25 years, having worked in several high-profile, complex, and dynamic public service organisations. Is hosted by the Community Relations Council, whose functions focus on enhancing diversity and including across the communities in Northern Ireland. In 2021 he received the CIPD NI HR award for outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

“To drive change, companies need to invest deeply in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Nuala Murphy our interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark chats to Sync NI about her journey, the organisation and the importance of diversity and inclusion in business.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark

Nuala tell us about Diversity Mark and your role with the organisation?  

Diversity Mark is the leading authority on Diversity and Inclusion. The Diversity Mark accreditation is awarded to companies following an independent assessment process which ensures they have reached the required standard of commitment to advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. The independent assessment panel is led by co-chair Judith Gillespie CBE former Deputy Chief Constable and Deborah Lange Board Member INI and Harbour Commission – alongside Kieran Harding Managing Director BITCNI, Fergal McFerran Stonewall UK, Deborah Donnelly Commissioner for The Equality Commission and Dr Joanne Stuart Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Tourist Alliance.  

For Companies from all sectors the Diversity Mark is a ‘Mark of Progress’ that publicly declares commitment to building more diverse and inclusive workplaces to benefit all employees. There are three stages of accreditation: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At Bronze we ask companies to commit to three gender goals, at Silver we ask for another two goals from the broader diversity spectrum. At Gold level, and subject to interview with our independent assessment panel, there will be an independent audit and staff survey carried out with all members of staff before an accreditation is awarded.  

My role as Interim head of business is to help organisations understand how they can start their journey to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace. When a company signs up to Diversity Mark they automatically get access to a range of resources helping them to get started.  We have our monthly newsletter bringing news from a global and local perspective, we have a series of industry and community events where we bring together existing signatories at the different stages of accreditation to share their journey with us and with the D&I agenda. We also love to connect organisations doing great work up with our signatories who are focusing on their different goals. This is the part of my role I enjoy the most – collaboration.  

When did you first get interested in diversity and inclusion? 

For years I have been an impassioned advocate for women’s equality and have a deep commitment to creating workplaces where every person has a seat at the table and a chance to be heard.  For more than 7 years, I have led a network of thousands of women through Lean In Belfast / Ireland—a grassroots community that supports women to achieve their ambitions. What started as a few friends meeting up at a cafe in Belfast grew to a nationwide community that supported women through mentorship, skills-building, and trainings that helped members to achieve promotions, take on leadership opportunities, and accomplish their goals. Through this experience, I became part of a global community of women who led grassroots groups in countries like Iraq, India, and the United States, which has bolstered my ability to work across cultures and race.   

I led conversations with Sheryl Sandberg in London and then Dublin in front of an audience of thousands, and I was selected by Lean In to come to Silicon Valley as a leader who had shown outstanding promise and commitment to women. Through this experience, I gained insights into the working culture of companies rooted in Silicon Valley and developed my D&I skillset on a global scale. In this role I’ve led corporate partnerships with companies to enhance the private sector’s support for women leaders. Having lived and worked in many countries I am very aware of cultural differences to consider when rolling out any product, service, and initiative and count myself very fortunate to be able to support leaders and companies wanting to do the same.  So that is where it all began.  

What have you seen the biggest challenges for companies are to start their diversity and inclusion agenda?  

Getting started is hard. What I have noticed is that some companies are afraid to make mistakes, because they don’t know how or where to start. This is totally normal. It is also important to highlight that everyone’s starting point is different. My main message is to encourage companies and leaders to do what they can with what they have. We, myself and Emma Lyttle Diversity Mark’s Engagement Manager, are here to walk companies through how to get started. It’s a pretty simple onboarding via our website. Signing up and subscribing to the journey, you choose when you want to submit your first application, with four submission points throughout the year, you could sign up in November and start working on your submission for January or March. We don’t want to rush you, we want to support each company with a flow that works for them.  Our community events are great opportunities for new signatories to see how others have started, goals they set, action plans they have put in place, impact and challenges.   

Do you have any key insights you can share with us from a global and local perspective?  

The McKinsey LeanIn.org Women In The Workplace study 2021 revealed that at a time when the stakes have never been higher, women are showing up as better people-focused leaders and stronger advocates for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) They are more likely, than men at their levels, to take consistent steps to promote employee well-being, such as checking in on their team members and helping them manage their workloads. They are also more likely to support DEI initiatives and to be active allies to women of colour. But although this work drives better outcomes for all employees, it is going largely overlooked by companies. There’s a risk that it will be relegated to a new form of “office housework”—work that is critical to the business but not compensated—and in most organizations, what gets rewarded is what gets prioritised.  

Senior-level women are twice as likely as senior-level men to spend substantial time on DEI work that falls outside their formal job responsibilities.  

Eighty-six percent of companies say it’s “very or extremely” critical that managers support their team members’ well-being, but only twenty-five percent formally recognise those who do this—and a similar trend holds for DEI work.  

When managers take action to promote employee well-being and companies prioritize DEI, employees are happier, less burned out, and less likely to consider leaving their company.  

To drive change, companies need to invest deeply in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

To improve representation of all women across the pipeline, companies need to double down on reducing bias in reviews and promotions, and they need to hold leaders and managers accountable for progress. But diversity in numbers isn’t enough. Companies also need to create a culture that fully leverages the benefits of diversity—one in which women, and all employees, feel comfortable bringing their unique ideas, perspectives, and experiences to the table.  

Key Findings  

More than 90 percent of companies track women’s overall representation, but only 65 percent track gender differences in promotion rates.  

Almost 70 percent of companies hold senior leaders accountable for progress on diversity goals—but only 30 percent hold managers, who play a critical role in hiring and promotion decisions, accountable.  

 Only 34 percent of employees have participated in anti-racism training in the past year, and just 14 percent have received allyship training.  

Why should organisations commit to a public accreditation?  

More and more I am hearing from organisations how at the interview stage they are being asked about their diverse and inclusive policies and initiatives. It is very much an employee market right now where commitment to and evidence of policy and practice has never been higher up the agenda for candidates. Speaking recently to a large business network it was shared that the EDI agenda along with the green agenda is where their members want to be better equipped.  This is and will affect change across the board and I encourage leaders to get on board before they are left behind.  

What advice do you have for organisations wanting to get started but don’t know where to begin?  

 If you are a business leader, a HR manager or someone who wants to drive change in your organisation, you can start your own journey by joining the rapidly growing Diversity Mark community of signatories and commit to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees can feel valued and supported to do their best work. We want to support you and enable your success in this area. Not only will it help your attract and retain staff, but it will contribute to building a more equal, representative and inclusive society that at the end of the day is good for our economy.  

About Diversity Mark  

Diversity Mark is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on enabling and supporting companies of all sizes across the UK & Ireland in achieving an Accreditation to recognise commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Accreditation follows a methodology of self-assessment and prioritises continuous progression, with goals set by and appropriate to each individual organisation. The Accreditation commits organisations to support the progression of women (or men, if underrepresented) into senior roles by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level. It recognises that organisations are diverse and the starting points for each may differ, and thus each organisation will set its own targets, strategy and implementation plan.   

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation awarded to Mills Selig

Congratulations to Mills Selig who have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark in recognition of the law firm’s ongoing commitment to gender equality.

(L-R) Rebecca Logan, Solicitor, Mark Thompson, Senior Associate, Anne Skeggs, Partner and Head of Property and Peter Cashel, Solicitor, Mills Selig.

The local law firm which specialises in all matters of corporate law received the award following an independent assessment process which reviewed and evaluated their commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion.

With over 60 years in business, Mills Selig has frequently paid homage to its team for their continued growth and success. Many members of the team have been with the firm for a decade or longer, a testament to the strong ethics of entire Mills Selig team. With a majority female board, Mills Selig prides itself on awarding employees on the basis of meritocracy alone.

Welcoming the bronze accreditation and looking to the future of the firm, Anne Skeggs, Head of Property and Partner said:

“Receiving the bronze accreditation is excellent recognition of how we live out our values and how we operate as a team. Mills Selig is continuously evolving, growing and expanding and we want to continue adjusting and improving the working environment to ensure all our employee needs are met in an inclusive way.

“We recognise and understand that by developing a strong diversity and inclusion strategy, our team will grow, flourish and benefit as a result.”

The Diversity Mark Accreditation is a ‘Mark of Progress’ that publicly declares commitment to building more diverse and inclusive workplaces to benefit all employees.

Congratulating Mills Selig on their bronze accreditation, Nuala Murphy from Diversity Mark said:

“We are delighted that Mills Selig has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation for their commitment to advancing Diversity in the workplace. Awarded by our Independent Assessment Panel who commended the organised approach being taken which involves visible leadership throughout the organisation and the inclusion of staff at all levels. Huge congratulations to everyone at Mills Selig on this progressive achievement.”

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Diversity Mark – Fourth in Series of Industry Events

We recently hosted our fourth in the series of industry events: Building a truly diverse and inclusive workplace ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ with Allstate NI.

Diversity Mark has seen great growth in the technology and professional services sector so for this event we brought together some visionary leaders to share their journeys and insights with our community of existing and future signatories.

The focus and importance of data was a consistent them when getting started and measuring success. We discussed recruitment and retention, culture and belonging and the importance of a framework and structure when embarking upon a mark of progress.

Nuala Murphy our Interim Head of Business kicked off the event by welcoming John Healy Managing Director of Allstate NI who spoke regarding the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

“The reason we are involved with Diversity Mark is simple, because it is part of our shared purpose, our values and it feeds directly into employee engagement and satisfaction, and it drives the performance of our business.” John Healy

Nuala jumped right into the panel Q&A starting with Allstate’s Lesley Miller asking her about her inspiration; motivation and determination to lead in this space. Lesley shared how, coming from a big family of boys and girls there were no stereotypes established in her home with great parental support she always felt she could do and be anything.

Key take-aways of the event included:

  • Intersectionality: “Through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.”

  • Data: Its role and importance.

  • 3 R’s – Representation in building a culture from the first interaction with your company from recruitment and how building a culture where everyone can bring their full selves to work enables retention.

Core theme through all above was the importance of communication, being clear and creating the right place and time to share goals and intention. Own your timing to deliver maximum impact.

Jonathan Patel of Aspiring Solicitors joined us to explain who they are and the barriers they are breaking down within social mobility and the law sector, after recently partnering with Silver Accredited A&L Goodbody.

Julianne Miles CEO and Co-Founder of Women Returners spoke on the opportunities they can provide to both employees and employers and how deliberate we have to be in acknowledging bias in order to see successful outcomes.

“We know it’s not just one thing that is needed, its systemic change and challenge across society and the economy at large. But we can all start somewhere and do what we can with what we have.” Nuala Murphy

Lesley Miller Senior Manager at Allstate NI “You cannot improve what you do not measure.”

David Mulholland CEO at Bar NI “Challenging ourselves to see what we can do and not what we cant do.”

Jill Michael Talent Manager at A&L Goodbody “Talent is everywhere but opportunity is not”

Kerri Bradley HR Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin “It is all about timing and communication”

Honey-Bell Oke Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Version 1 “Creating awareness, providing training and empowering employees”

Event panelists

Thank you to everyone that attended the session. The event was recorded and can be sent upon request to our Diversity Mark community by emailing info@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk.

Keep your eyes peeled for the details of our upcoming 2022 events.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to info@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Queen’s University celebrates Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation

Queen’s University Belfast is celebrating having been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark recognising its commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Pictured with the Silver award are (l-r): Professor Karen McCloskey, Director of Queen’s Gender Initiative, Conor Curran, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Queen’s University Belfast, Joanne Clague, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer of Queen’s University Belfast, Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business, Diversity Mark, Alistair Finlay, Interim Director of Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Margaret Topping Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, Queen’s University Belfast

The Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation highlights the University’s progress in advancing gender, race and disability equality and its ambitious plans in this space.  

Speaking about the award, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer said:

“We are committed to ensuring that Queen’s University is a welcoming and inclusive place for our staff, students and visitors. We are extremely proud of the diversity of our staff, students and community and of the work that continues to be done by them to embed equality, diversity and inclusivity at our University.

Our 2030 Strategy places significant emphasis on the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion. It resonates with our students, our staff and our focus on internationalisation, positive culture change and sustainability. This award will also ensure that we continue to hold ourselves to a high standard of achievement in this important area and continue to attract the students and staff from around the world to study, research, work and live in Belfast.”

Queen’s is one of only ten organisations to achieve the Silver Diversity Mark sharing a platform with others such as Belfast City Council, Danske Bank, FinTru and Liberty IT.

Professor Karen McCloskey, Director of Queen’s Gender Initiative said:

“The Silver Accreditation reflects significant progress since the University was awarded Bronze almost three years ago. This award not only reflects the progress made at Queen’s on gender, race, and disability equality, but also recognises our ambitious plans to do more in these spaces. To maintain the Silver Diversity Mark, Queen’s will report annually on the initiatives we are delivering to drive forward further progress and meet agreed targets.”

Conor Curran, Head of Diversity and Inclusion said:

“We are delighted to be one of only 10 employers in Northern Ireland to have achieved Silver Award status now.

It reflects the significant progress which has been made since we were awarded Bronze almost three years ago, and the important work by carried out by many colleagues on campus, in various faculties, schools and directorates. It also gives us added determination to push on and address many other equality and diversity issues over the next few years.”

Interim Head of Business, Diversity Mark, Nuala Murphy, said:

“We are delighted that Queen’s University Belfast have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of their progress and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion and we congratulate all the team on this very significant achievement.  The independent assessment panel noted their submission included many considerable strengths and evidenced an ambition in the organisation to strive for further excellence in diversity and inclusion. We look forward to them continuing their progressive and innovative initiatives moving forward.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at Queens University Belfast on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Qarik Awarded Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Qarik have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation in recognition of their ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

The Bronze Accreditation is achieved following an independent assessment to demonstrate the required standard of commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion and starts with the setting of three gender specific, diversity targets.

Claire McIntyre, Chief Operating Officer at Qarik Group commented:

“Being awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark is a demonstration of Qarik’s commitment to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace for current and future employees. Qarik is a family-focused company that believes that no one should be at a disadvantage professionally, financially, or socially. Qarik continues to invest in its future and continuing support for equality and inclusivity policies and practices to be upheld throughout the company.

We are proud to be recognised for our efforts to date and will continue to build as we see diversity, equality and inclusion essential for business.”

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark said:

“We are thrilled that Qarik has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation for their commitment to advancing Diversity in the workplace. Awarded by our Independent Assessment Panel who endorsed and welcomed the commitments made within their submission.

We congratulate everyone at Qarik on this achievement and we look forward to working with them as they develop their diversity initiatives over the coming years.”

Huge congratulations to all the team a Qarik on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.