Equality, diversity and inclusion
The School of Mathematics and Statistics aims to be an inclusive and welcoming place to work and study.
We aspire to be an environment in which all members of staff, and our students, can develop and attain their full potential regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religious belief or disability.
Our efforts to create this environment are co-ordinated by our Good Practice Group, which is responsible for achieving and maintaining national benchmark awards in relation to equality and diversity, such as the Athena SWAN Charter.
Good Practice Group
The Good Practice Group aims to make the School of Mathematics and Statistics a pleasant, inclusive and welcoming place to work.
The group is responsible for ensuring that all departmental activities reflect the University's and our own policies in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. It is also responsible for achieving and maintaining national benchmark awards in relation to equality and diversity, such as the Athena SWAN Charter.
The group meets at least once per academic semester, with work ongoing throughout the year. Its members are:
- Alex Best (chair)
- Sam Dolan
- Poppy Jeffries
- Nick Monk
- Jeremy Oakley
- Julia Rees
- Angie Rollinson
- Fionntan Roukema
- Sarah Whitehouse
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine employment across higher education and research.
"For us, the Athena SWAN project is about two things, closely linked.
Firstly, it is about having a pleasant and inclusive working environment and secondly, it is about improving the gender balance at all levels, from academic staff through research staff and PhD students to undergraduates.
Gender balance in the mathematical sciences is a matter of national concern, and our own Athena SWAN submission is an opportunity to calibrate our own efforts against a national benchmark.
Athena SWAN is an excellent way to focus attention and energy on these important issues. A step towards a better environment and harnessing the talent of the full range of people."
John Greenlees, former Chair of the Good Practice Group
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