Women in Mathematics

Our use of the terms women and female refer to people who self-identify wholly or in part as female or are non-binary.

London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme

The London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme aims to advance women's careers in university mathematics departments. As supporter, the School of Mathematics is committed to:

  • a robust organisational framework to deliver equality of opportunity and reward;
  • appointment, promotion and selection processes and procedures that encourage men and women to apply for academic posts at all levels;
  • structures and systems that enable men and women to progress and continue in their careers;
  • organisation, structure, management arrangements and culture that are open, inclusive and transparent and encourage the participation of all staff;
  • flexible approaches and provisions that encompass the working day, the working year and a working life and enable individuals at all career and life stages, to maximise their contribution to mathematics, their department and institution.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. The School currently holds a Bronze Award which demonstrates that in addition to university-wide policies, the School has identified particular challenges and is planning activities for the future.


The school actively supports women in mathematics and holds regular events. 

New female undergraduates lunch

Each October first-year female undergraduates in mathematics are invited to a welcome lunch with female members of staff and postgraduate students. This is a chance for the students to meet each other and also to see who the women in mathematics are so that they feel able to come and ask for advice later during their degree if necessary.

Third and fourth year female undergraduates afternoon tea

Each year upper-year female undergraduates are invited to tea and cakes with female members of staff and graduate students. This is a chance to talk about careers options and opportunities for graduate study.

Women in Mathematics postgraduate event

Each year the School runs a national Women in Mathematics postgraduate event to encourage strong female students to consider PhDs and mathematical careers.

Women and Non-Binary People in Mathematics lunch

At 1pm every Tuesday during term-time all women and non-binary people in the School of Mathematics are encouraged to meet over lunch in the 2nd floor seminar room of Howard House. This includes all female and non-binary staff and graduate students. In many areas of mathematics, women are in the minority and this is a chance to meet staff and postgraduate students they would not normally encounter.

At the weekly women-in-maths lunches we chat, ask for advice, exchange ideas and experiences. The lunches are both useful and fun.

Dr Vanessa Didelez, Reader in Statistics and Director of Equality and Diversity in Maths

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