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The School of Mathematics (including Engineering) is proud to be working with Athena SWAN to create a progressive and inclusive culture for women working in Science. The School has achieved Bronze Athena SWAN Award status.

Athena SWAN is an Equality Challenge Unit Charter dedicated to gender equality in higher education and research. When it was launched in 2005 it focused on advancing the careers of women academics and researchers in STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). In 2015 the Charter was expanded to address gender equality more broadly, recognising work undertaken in additional subjects (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The underrepresentation of women in Mathematics and Engineering is a national issue:

  • Although 39% of mathematical science graduates in the UK are female, only about 4% of professors of mathematics in the UK are female.
  • Only 14% of engineering and technology graduates in the UK are female, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.

(Source: HESA, LMS Good Practice Scheme)

You can view the successful School of Mathematics Athena SWAN Bronze Award Application. On the following pages, we offer further information on