The Department of Mathematics is committed to providing a good working environment for its staff, and in April 2015 was successful in achieving a Bronze award. In April 2018, the Department achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze award under the Post-May 2015 criteria.
This national award is in recognition that in addition to institution-wide policies, the department is working to promote gender equality and to identify and address challenges particular to the department and discipline.
- Find out more about Athena SWAN at the University of Leicester
About the Athena SWAN Charter
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises advancements in gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. The Charter was established in June 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The Charter was expanded in May 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.
The importance of Athena SWAN
The Charter examines the representation of women (and men), the progression of students into academia, the journey through career milestones and how gender may affect these areas and the working environment for all staff. We know that women are under-represented in science - the more senior the role, the greater the deficit. In some disciplines are is significant under-representation of women at all levels. Disciplines with under-representation run the risk of missing talented people it would otherwise gain and retain, and disciplines dominated by one gender are likely to have an unbalanced approach.
- Find out more on the Athena SWAN website