Equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded into the ethos of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa). We believe a diverse group of students leads to creativity, exciting research, and impact.
Diversity is not something that should be forced, but developed from an inclusive and supportive culture, which makes everyone feel welcome. This is integral to the expectation we have that our students will not only support each other, but learn from each other.
'I am very pleased to see that SAMBa is genuinely seeking to build diversity, encouraging students to consider PhD programmes here and elsewhere, making young people aware of how exciting this field can be and providing a supportive, encouraging and stimulating environment for their students.' — Professor Caroline Colijn, Simon Fraser University & Imperial College London
We welcome suggestions for activities to further promote ED&I. Contact Centre Manager Susie Douglas to share your ideas.
Diverse group of students and staff
We are proud to have a diverse group of students and staff contributing to SAMBa, including a representation of female students which is substantially above the national sector average.
'One of my favourite things about SAMBa is the variety of people I meet, and ideas I can explore. I’ve collaborated with people from 6 countries, worked on projects in statistics, machine learning and applied mathematics, and on application areas in healthcare, oil exploration, agriculture, weather prediction and molecular biology. There is a flow of creative ideas, and a sense of being valued. Diversity in language, culture, ideas, outlook and research; SAMBa has it all.' —Adwaye Rambojun, SAMBa student
Activities and support
We continually work hard to make all SAMBa infrastructure and activities as inclusive and accessible as possible. For example, we have recently upgraded to automatic doors throughout the main department building to improve accessibility for staff, students and visitors. The AccessAble guide for the University contains more useful information.
SAMBa staff and students are involved with running and supporting many ED&I activities, including:
- The University-wide anti-harassment campaign #NeverOK
- The Women in Mathematics network within the Department of Mathematical Sciences
- LGBTSTEM Day
- The activities of the Equality and Diversity Committee in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, including the recent Athena SWAN Silver Award submission
For more information about specific support offered to SAMBa students, please read the Support and opportunities guide.
In 2018 we were awarded £527,000 from the EPSRC "Inclusion Matters" programme for our new research project,Reimagining Recruitment, to develop improved early-career recruitment practices in STEM subjects.
Reimagining Recruitment is an interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in the Department of Psychology, investigating staff-student interactions in workshops, and possible lessons for recruitment and retention. The project builds directly on the hugely positive experiences we have had in SAMBa, which we hope to translate to tangible benefits for the wider STEM community.
Find out more about the programme at the Reimagining Recruitment project pages.