The School of Mathematics and Statistics aspires to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who enjoy mathematics.

We aim to attract diverse, talented individuals from many different heritages and lifestyles, in particular to improve the current gender gap in our academic staff.

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 and disability.

Our efforts to create this environment are co-ordinated by our Good Practice Group, which is responsible for ensuring all departmental activities reflect the University's and our own policies in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. The group is responsible for achieving and maintaining national benchmark awards in relation to equality and diversity, such as the Athena SWAN Charter.

Good Practice Group

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, mathematics and medicine) employment across higher education and research.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are currently preparing our next Athena SWAN application, to be submitted in April 2018. Academic recruitment is a key focus of our action plan.

"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, Chair of the Good Practice Group