Equality, diversity and inclusion
The School of Mathematical Sciences actively supports diversity in mathematics. We believe that creating an open and accepting environment brings out the best in our staff, students and visitors.
How to get support
We are keen to hear about any issues that impact on equality, diversity or inclusion.
Please use our anonymous feedback form to report issues or make suggestions for how we can improve the School
If you would like support from someone outside of the School:
Community and facilities
The School offers:
- dedicated tutor to women students
- paid parental leave for staff and Home/EU postgraduate research students
- summer research internships including ring-fenced funding for women undergraduates
- informal flexible working
- all-staff meetings, events and training held in core hours
Postgraduate coffee breaks
We host fortnightly postgraduate coffee breaks that are primarily intended for the women in the School but they are open to all including MSc and PhD students, postdocs, academic staff and undergraduates interested in studying for a PhD.
The coffee breaks are a great opportunity to chat, exchange experiences and get to know each other.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
We take a proactive approach to equality, diversity and inclusion by seeking feedback from staff and students, developing new strategies and policies, and ensuring that change happens.
We have a team of staff and students who develop and implement change to make sure that everyone in the School is treated fairly - the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.
The EDI Committee supports the interests of all staff, students, alumni and visitors regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic/national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious/political beliefs, family circumstances or sexual orientation.
Committee members are also responsible for preparing the School's Athena SWAN submission.
Awards and recognition
The University is:
The School of Mathematical Sciences holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award, to recognise work undertaken to address gender inequality.
Our Athena Swan Action Plan
Good Practice Scheme
The School of Mathematical Sciences supports 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 can achieve their full potential.
We have developed an extensive good practice action plan (PDF) to specifically improve gender diversity within our school.
Inspirational women in maths
The School champions ‘Women in Maths’ activities, including conferences and seminars to showcase the science and careers of women researchers.
There are two active Facebook groups run by women in the School: