Equality and Diversity

We strive to ensure that all are treated equally in their prospects, recognition and progression in higher education.

Athena SWAN

The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, given in 2017.

The Athena SWAN Charter “was established in 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.

“In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.”

Lancaster University has held a Bronze Award since 2008, renewed in 2012.

University Gender Equality pages

London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme

The London Mathematical Society “strongly supports advancing women's careers in university mathematics departments. The Society's Women in Mathematics Committee has developed a Good Practice Scheme with the aim of supporting mathematics departments interested in embedding equal opportunities for women within their working practices.”

The department is a Registered Supporter of the Good Practice Scheme.


Equality and Diversity Committee

The Department’s Equality and Diversity Committee is responsible for

  • actively promoting equal opportunities for all, including via the Athena SWAN action plan;
  • ensuring that appropriate procedures for fairness in assessment are in place;
  • ensuring that facilities for disabled access to all relevant areas of the department, including general spaces, laboratories, lecture theatres and offices, are available;
  • circulating information about the sources of departmental and university support for students and staff who wish to raise concerns in a confidential manner;
  • adopting appropriate procedures for making a complaint in confidence and ensure that incidents of harassment, bullying and other complaints are dealt with appropriately in a timely manner;
  • exploring and promoting mechanisms that foster a healthy work-life balance and are compatible with equal opportunity goals.

Equality and Diversity Committee membership