Mathematics & Statistics Equality & Diversity

We are committed to achieving and promoting equality of opportunity in learning, teaching, research and working environments, and to ensuring these environments support positive relations between people, and a culture of respect. We value the diversity of our staff and students and are committed to encouraging everyone to realise their full potential. 

We encourage all staff to participate in a range of equality and diversity courses.

Mathematics & Statistics Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee

We are committed to the Athena SWAN Chartera framework used worldwide to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.  This Charter was initially established in 2005 to encourage and recognise a commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). It now addresses gender equality more broadly, not just barriers to progression that affect women.

We have a departmental Self-Assessment Athena SWAN team who meet regularly. We work with the Head of Department to ensure equality of opportunity, fair policies and working practices that comply with the University's equal opportunities policy, and to increase gender equality among the demographic of the Department at all levels.

We aim to achieve greater awareness of equality challenges and opportunities within the Department and report to other departmental committees as appropriate.  We also coordinate applications for national awards such as Athena SWAN, and review the development and implementation of action plans for implementing positive change.

If you wish to learn more about our Athena SWAN activities, please contact the Athena SWAN Departmental Joint-Chair: Dr Elizabeth Dombi.

London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme

The London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme aims to advance women's careers in university mathematics departments. We are lucky to have an honorary member in our department, Senior Lecturer, Dr Penny Davies. As a supporter, the Mathematics & Statistics department is committed to:

  • a robust organisational framework to deliver equality of opportunity and reward;
  • appointment, promotion and selection processes and procedures that encourage men and women to apply for academic posts at all levels;
  • structures and systems that enable men and women to progress and continue in their careers;
  • organisation, structure, management arrangements and culture that are open, inclusive and transparent and encourage the participation of all staff;
  • flexible approaches and provisions that encompass the working day, the working year and a working life and enable individuals at all career and life stages, to maximise their contribution to mathematics, their department and institution.

Piscopia Society

The Piscopia Society is a UK-wide society run by students that aims to encourage women and non-binary students to pursue a PhD in mathematics or related STEM subject.

The society offers events to:

  • raise awareness for the PhD option and increase attendees’ knowledge about doing a PhD and the application process
  • showcase the work of female and non-binary mathematics researchers
  • build a UK-wide community of female and non-binary researchers and mathematics students

To find out more, you can contact the Piscopia representatives for Strathclyde: Alejandra G. Cabanillas and Samantha Ofili

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee members

Professor Ke Chen (HoD)  

Dr Elizabeth Dombi (Chair)  Dr Lindsey Corson 
Dr Hannah-May D'Ambrosio  Dr Debasish Das  Dr Penny Davies 
Dr Jack Laverick  Ann Lynch  Katie MacKenzie 

Professor Apala Majumdar 

Dr David Pritchard  Kathleen Simmonds 

Dr Yue Wu 


Matilda Gray 

Professor John Mackenzie  


Minutes of previous meetings of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee are published on SharePoint (log-in required, staff only)

Parents and Carers

Find out more about the support available for parents and carers, including the flexible working policy

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Bullying and Harassment

All students, staff, visitors and contractors are to be treated with dignity and respect. Any form of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or bullying will not be tolerated. Find out how to report and receive support

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