Math Sci receives bronze Athena Swan award

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Mathematical Sciences is our latest department to have successfully achieved a bronze Athena SWAN award.

This takes the University's total to nine and means we have exceeded the target we set ourselves in 2013: to move from no departmental awards to at least eight by the end of 2016.

Athena SWAN recognises advancement of gender equality for all in terms of representation, progression and success.

The award acknowledges a commitment to gender equality for students and staff, and career progression for staff in higher education.

In order to receive the award, departments provide evidence through robust self-analysis of how they engage, support and develop staff and students. This includes devising an action plan to help them work towards their goals of gender equality. Submissions are assessed by peers from other universities.

Dr Jane White, who co-ordinated the submission from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, commented: “The department is delighted to have an Athena SWAN bronze award. It was a real team effort; departmental engagement was very important and our submission reflected our goal to involve everyone in developing the three-year action plan.

“Our action plan is ambitious but achievable. I am excited at the prospect of implementing the range of initiatives proposed in the plan for the benefit of everyone in the department, and more widely to contribute to enhancing diversity and equality in STEM subjects in HE.”

Mark Humphriss, University Secretary, added: “We are delighted to see that another department has achieved the Athena SWAN bronze award.

“Congratulations and thanks are due to all who have helped the University reach our ambitious three-year target. Ensuring that the action plans are implemented is, of course, as important as making the initial submission and this shows our commitment to achieving gender equality for students and staff.”

View our successful department submissions.

If you would like more information about your department making a submission, please contact Marlene Bertrand, Equality & Diversity Manager.

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