Equality & Diversity Action Equality & Diversity Action

The School of Mathematics submitted its first Athena SWAN Application in April 2015. As a result we achieved a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in October 2015. This award was renewed in May 2019. The School is also 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.

The Equality and Diversity Committee have been implementing the Bronze Athena SWAN action plan, which has 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 SCI Athena SWAN Steering Group and Central Athena SWAN Operational Group meetings.

  • Scheduling School meetings within core hours (10am–4pm) wherever possible.

  • Launching the new SCI-wide induction programme for staff in MTH

  • Promoting the SCI Return to Work Career Development scheme.

  • Supporting students with information and guidance about progression to postgraduate study.

  • Monitoring data (e.g. numbers of students and staff, committee membership, 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 U.S. space program.

  • Taking part in and raising awareness of the 2017 International Women’s Day ‘Be Bold for Change’ campaign.

  • 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.