Equality and Diversity

The Department of Mathematical Sciences works hard to support an inclusive culture that values the diversity of its staff and students.

We are supporters of the London Mathematical Society's Good Practice Scheme and hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We recognise the advancement of gender equality for all in terms of representation, progression and success.

More information and support relating to equality and diversity issues can be found on the following pages for staff and students.

Department Equality and Diversity Committee

Athena SWAN

We were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in 2019 in recognition of the progress we have made in the advancement of gender equality in the department. The Silver Action Plan is available to read. It sets out some of the further commitments we have made to improving departmental processes over the period 2019-2023. The Department Equality and Diversity Committee is responsible for ensuring the delivery of the action plan.

Women in Mathematics events

The Department is a supporter of the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme. Funds are available to cover expenses of staff and postgraduate students wishing to attend Women in Mathematics events or other related activities.

Contact the Chair of the Department Equality and Diversity Committee, Matt Roberts for more information.

The two Women in Mathematics days at the Isaac Newton Institute were inspirational and informative. They featured talks from distinguished women covering a broad range of mathematical fields and showcased some great mathematics.

I found the talks very eye-opening, to discover the challenges some of the women had overcome to get to where they were in their career. The event also outlined the importance of being aware of bias and working to reduce stereotype threat.

I encourage everyone to try and attend one of the future events if they get the chance.

Hayley Wragg, PhD student

Postgraduate study

We are committed to increasing the diversity of postgraduate mathematicians in the department, to ensure that moving from an undergraduate degree to a postgraduate degree is a natural step. Read more about our Centre for Doctoral Training.

Some things that the Department Equality and Diversity Committee has done

In no particular order...

  • New recruitment processes designed to encourage more applications from women and other groups under-represented in the department.
  • Department promotions committee introduced to encourage and help eligible staff to apply for promotion.
  • Created “what to do if…” posters which can be found around the department and on the PG moodle zone.
  • Supported Women in Maths society to run annual conference.
  • Begun to roll out new training course for tutors on respect and support, to be expanded to all PGRs.
  • Annual promotions workshop to familiarise staff with promotions criteria and procedures.
  • Standardised the way that key roles in the department are assigned, with email from HoD inviting anyone eligible to express an interest, followed by consultation with senior staff to decide on the best candidate.
  • Email sent to all staff and PhD students on 8th April 2022 reminding them of sample code of conduct for events, and what to do if they experience anything inappropriate at an event.
  • Asked staff to consider adding an email signature stating that they did not expect replies outside working hours.
  • All staff now able to have mentors if they wish.
  • Important meetings and seminars should be held within core hours (10am-4pm).
  • Details on department policies around leave, including support for anyone returning from long-term leave, standardised and made available on staff moodle zone.
  • Budget available to support professional services staff for continuing professional development.
  • DEDC is also working on a Race Equality Action Plan, which is almost finalised and should start being implemented in the next academic year.