We first achieved our Bronze Athena SWAN Award in 2015, which was renewed in 2019.
We are a member of the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme which provides a forum for sharing ideas on improving the participation and recognition of women in Mathematics.
Examples of the work and activity that we are involved with across the School, have included:
- Collating staff and student feedback on equality and diversity matters via surveys
- Adding positive action wording and family-friendly and flexible working information to job vacancies
- Outreach in local schools and hosting interactive events in the department to promote studying mathematics and engineering
- Producing a student recruitment video including interviews with female students and staff to be shown at Open Days
- Holding unconscious bias training
- Conducting one Equality and Diversity Committee meeting per semester as an Open Meeting
- Sharing best practice at the Faculty Athena SWAN Steering Group and Central Athena SWAN Operational Group meetings
- Scheduling School meetings within core hours (10am–4pm) wherever possible
- Launching the new Science wide induction programme for staff in the School of Mathematics
- Promoting and raising awareness of the Science Return to Work Career Development Fund
- Supporting students with information and guidance about progression to postgraduate study
- Monitoring data (for example: numbers of students and staff; committee membership; and seminar speakers by gender), identifying any issues and necessary action
- Hosting a free screening of the film ‘Hidden Figures’ about a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program
- Taking part in and raising awareness of the 2017 International Women’s Day ‘Be Bold for Change’ campaign. Using our social media to promote all our equality activities
- Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). In 2016 the UEA Engineering Society and the UEA Feminist Society produced a Women in Engineering Day Booklet. In 2017, UEA’s Engineering Society produced a poster of examples showing the importance of equality and diversity in engineering.