What is Athena SWAN?
Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter is a national scheme that promotes gender equality throughout higher education and research. Athena SWAN was initially founded to promote the advancement of women within science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), but it has since expanded to cover gender equality more broadly throughout arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines for academic, professional and support roles, as well as for students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The Athena SWAN Charter is founded on ten key principles, including the requirement to change cultures and attitudes within organisations that have resulted in the under-representation of women in senior academic, professional and support roles, and to tackle gender inequalities.
- Find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter (link is external)
The School of Mathematical Sciences holds a departmental-level Bronze Award for the Athena SWAN Charter obtained in April 2013, renewed in 2016, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in mathematics, science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.
We are also a registered Supporter of the LMS Good Practice Scheme (link is external) and an institutional member of the Association for Women in Mathematics (link is external).
Athena SWAN in the School of Mathematical Sciences
The 2017/2018 Committee Members:
Prof David Arrowsmith
Dr Shabnam Beheshti (Chair) and Athena SWAN Champion
Mr David Boland
Prof Mark Jerrum
Dr Robert Johnson
Professor Boris Khoruzhenko
Miss Megan Liddle
Dr Vincenzo Nicosia
Ms Emily Pitt
Dr Abhishek Saha
Mrs Jo Young
Further information on Athena SWAN within the School is available here (link is external).
Policies and Guidelines
University policies and guidelines :
Flexible working policy: http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/procedures/leave/flex_work/index.html (link is external)
Family/Parental leave: http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/procedures/leave/maternity/index.html (link is external)
School policies and guidelines :
To download the child care support during conference attendance policy and application form, click here [PDF 309KB].
For students-parent: please visit: https://www.studentparents.org/ - a website created in partnership with the National Student Union, and dedicated to provide advice and support for student parents.