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Gender Equality and Diversity in Higher Education : Athena SWAN

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.  

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: (link is external)

Family/Parental leave: (link is external)

Family friendly benefits: (link is external)

School policies and guidelines :

For information on supporting staff returning from a long absence and on informal flexible working, click here [PDF 94KB].
(link is external)

To download the child care support during conference attendance policy and application form, click here [PDF 309KB].

For students-parent: please visit: - a website created in partnership with the National Student Union, and dedicated to provide advice and support for student parents.

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