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July 2022

The School of Mathematical Sciences has successfully retained its Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of the School’s commitment to advancing gender equality. Since our last Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2016, the School has created a gender balance in its Senior Management Team, increased its number of female academic staff, and tripled the number of successful female promotions in the last five years. Through a detailed Action Plan, the School will continue its good work on key priorities, including improving the gender balance of academic staff at all seniority levels, reversing the decrease in the gender balance of UG students, improving the gender balance of PGR students, and continuing its work to create an inclusive environment.

16 June 2022

As part of Pride Month, we organised an event called We're Queer, We're Here: An Intersection of LGBTQIA+ Identities. Kicking off with the "Big Fat Queer Quiz", we put our staff and research students' knowledge of LGBTQIA+ history and culture to the test with a queer icons picture round and series of general knowledge questions.

If you missed the quiz, but want to have a go at the Queer Icons picture round, you can download it here. [PDF 841KB]

This quiz was followed by insightful and heartfelt talks and presentations from five members of our community, who shared their perspectives on topics such as sexuality, gender, inclusivity, self-censorship, queer mathematicians, and allyship. 

12 May 2022

To mark Women in Maths Day, the School of Mathematical Sciences will host an event for early career researchers, in particular those who identify as female and/or non-binary. The event will consist of a research talk by Professor Ginestra Bianconi titled "A path in Mathematics" followed by a panel discussion and refreshments.

Date: 12th May
Time: 11:00
Location: 5th floor Seminar Room

For further information on the event, please contact our EDI Lead Dr Claudia Garetto

3 - 6 May 2022

To create a safer, more supportive and inclusive working culture for our postgraduate research community, we Active Bystander training sessions in early May. PhD students attended sessions dedicated to developing the skills to challenge unacceptable antisocial behaviours, including those which may have become normalised over time.

21 April 2022

The School of Mathematics hosted a Girls in Maths taster day on 21st April 2022. As part of our ongoing work to encourage more self-identifying female and/or non-binary to study maths at University, the event was a great success. Participants attended two taster lectures, followed by transitioning to university and careers talks, lunch and campus tours. We enjoyed some really interesting discussions around what it means to be a female mathemaitician in a male-dominated field and participants left with a good overview of what it would be like to study mathematics at Queen Mary. Attendees told us that they were grateful for such an event as it created a safe and supportive space for girls to ask questions that they might not feel comfortable asking in their classrooms at school.  

8 March 2022

To celebrate International Women's Day, the School of Mathematical Sciences organised a Women in Maths Event. Dr Claudia Garetto delivered a talk titled The Mathematical Journey of Emmy Noether and Mary Somverville, which explored the stories of two female mathematicians and the challenges they overcame in their personal and professional lives. As one of our first in-person events since the start of the pandemic, the event was well attended by staff and students from the School and beyond, and attendees enjoyed a reception in the Graduate Centre. 

February 2022

To celebrate LGBTQIA+ Month at Queen Mary, the Faculty of Science and Engineering is hosting a seminar "LGBTQA+ in Nature" on Monday 21 February from 12:30 to 13:45.  Throughout the history of the LGBTQA+ community, a common attack has been that "it's not natural" to be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, asexual or other.  This informal lunchtime seminar will debunk the myth of "unnatural" sexuality by looking at a wide range of examples of LGBTQA+ taken from the natural world. 

Please use this Teams link to join the seminar.  

December 2021

The School of Mathematical Sciences appointed a new EDI Lead, Dr Claudia Garetto. We published a short interview with Claudia, discussing her plans for EDI within the School of Mathematical Sciences and you can read it here.  


October 2020

Staff and students across Queen Mary University of London celebrated the work of historical and contemporary Black contributors by sharing their nominations for our "People Profile Series" as part of Black History Month. Our colleagues Alex Clark and Weini Huang contributed to the initiative here.

29 October 2020

Our fully online "Girls in Maths" taster event took place. Speakers included Dr Silvia Liverani and Gaik Ng.

4 March 2020

We have been awarded a small grant from the London Mathematical Society to run "Girls in Mathematics", a one-day event aimed at female pupils. The event took place on 4 March and included a talk by Gaik Ng (Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Science) and Natalia Behague (PhD graduate).

1 September 2019

Today we launched the new structure of the EDI committee. More details available here.

12 March 2019

Today we hosted the Women in Mathematics one-day workshop, partly funded by the London Mathematical Society. It was a great success, with excellent speakers and over 70 attendees. Pictures and more details on the event are available here.

28 January 2019

Today we launched the Women’s Lunches, a new monthly get-together for all female members of staff and PhD students in the School. Women bring their own lunch and the School provides hot drinks, fruit and biscuits.

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