School of Mathematical Sciences

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Mathematical Sciences actively supports women in mathematics and encourages both female students and staff members to join the school.

We are very keen to hear about any issue that impacts on equality, diversity or inclusion. Please use our anonymous contact form to report any issues.

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Best practice

The School of Mathematical Sciences is a supporter of the Good Practice Scheme co-ordinated by the London Mathematical Society. This means that we have publically committed to taking practical actions that aim to cultivate a working environment in which all staff and students, both male and female, can achieve their full potential. We have developed an extensive good practice action plan to improve gender diversity within our school.

Inspirational women in maths stories

Some women from the School of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Nottingham have made videos to:

  • inspire others
  • talk about what it is like to be a mathematician in academia today and why they chose academia
  • communicate the passion they feel for what they do and what they love about it
  • describe the creativity needed for research
  • combining academia with family life

Here's a video from Professor Ivette Fuentes, an academic working in our Mathematical Physics group, talking on her blog 'Multiverse' about quantum mechanics, general relativity and women in maths.

Athena SWAN charter

In recognition of promoting women in science, The University of Nottingham is one of only five universities to have held a Silver Athena Scientific Women's Advancement Network (SWAN) Award. This award is for institutions that recognise and celebrate good practice for women working and studying in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is currently holding a Bronze Athena SWAN Award, to honour the efforts made to advance the careers of women in mathematics. The full submission document is available to view.


Equalty, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee develops and implements strategies and policies to ensure that staff and students are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic/national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious/political beliefs, family circumstances or sexual orientation. It meets at least four times a year and also prepares the School's Athena SWAN submissions.


School policies

In addition to implementing the University's Equality & Diversity strategies  the School also offers:

  • paid maternity leave for Home/EU postgraduate research students
  • informal flexible working
  • reduced teaching and administration duties for staff returning from maternity leave
  • whole-School meetings, events and training held in core hours.

Student tutors

Female students within the school have a dedicated tutor specifically to support them who is available to be contacted at any time.

Postgraduate student and staff coffee break

We host fortnightly afternoon teas for the women in the School. This provides a great opportunity to chat, exchange experiences and get to know each other. MSc and PhD students, postdocs and academic staff are all welcome. Undergraduates interested in studying for a PhD are also invited to join us.


School of Mathematical Sciences

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