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School of Mathematics recognised for promoting gender equality

27 April 2015

Athena Swan bronze award

The School of Mathematics has received a national award in recognition of its commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education.

The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good employment practice for women working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). The School of Mathematics was successful in its application for a bronze award.

Head of School Professor Tim Phillips, said: "I am very pleased and proud that the School has been successful in achieving an Athena SWAN bronze award.

"The award is not a recognition of achievement but rather an acknowledgment of our commitment to advance the careers of female academics in mathematics and to support the development of all staff irrespective of their career stage. The School is committed to embedding equality and diversity considerations into all of its activities."

Professor Karen Holford, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering added: "I'm delighted with the success of our School of Mathematics in obtaining this much deserved bronze SWAN award.

"We know that STEMM subjects traditionally suffer from an under-representation of women. The processes involved in applying for Athena SWAN awards allow us to review and establish good working practices to ensure we're doing all we can to remove barriers and continue to attract, support, develop and promote the very best academic staff.

"Our aim now is to continue to spread good practice across all of the University's STEMM subjects."

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