Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEM academia.

The Department has received the Silver Award in recognition of their significant track record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality.

Achievements over five years include:

  • the total number of female academic staff in the department has doubled
  • the proportion of female PhD students has increased from 20% to 32%
  • two female professors were appointed

Tim Rogers, who led the development of the award application, said:

I am thrilled that our hard work over many years has been recognised. This award gives a fresh impetus to our efforts to make maths in Bath as inclusive and diverse as possible, and I'm excited to see the results of our new action plan.

A crucial element of the award application is an Action Plan for further improvements.

Cécile Mailler, lecturer and EPSRC postdoctoral fellow, and member of the Equality and Diversity Committee, said:

We are looking forward to seeing the positive benefits of these actions, I am convinced that they make the department more attractive to female mathematicians. Our ambition is to be a national leader in inclusion, equality and diversity in mathematics.