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.

In the interests of openness, our application and the panel's feedback are available here: Athena SWAN Bronze application Nov 16 Web version with feedback

Gender Equality

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.

London Mathematical Society
London Mathematical Society

Equality and Diversity Committee

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Membership

The current membership of the Equality and Diversity Committee is

Should you have any concerns about equality matters, please contact one of the committee.

Code of Practice

Background

The purpose of this code of practice is to ensure that the Department and the University fulfil their obligations as defined by statutory legislation. Specifically, this document is intended to outline some guidelines for staff and students in accordance with the University's Students' Charter and Equality and Diversity Plan and Priority Objectives:

  • All have the right to take part in activities and utilise university services free from harassment or duress.
  • All should be treated on the basis of merit, capacity and potential and not be disadvantaged or treated any less favourably on the grounds of gender, age, race, colour, creed, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious or political beliefs, disability, sexuality, marital status, family responsibilities or on any other grounds not relevant to academic study or good employment practice.

Through the adoption of this code of practice we, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, aim to work within the following guiding principles and take account of the responsibilities outlined below.

General Principles

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is committed to:

  • providing high quality and inclusive learning and working experiences for all;
  • providing an ethical environment by promoting respect, ensuring equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity and building a culture where everyone is valued, treated with fairness, encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential;
  • promoting and sustaining an international and culturally diverse departmental community of staff and students;
  • ensuring that equality becomes a shared commitment by both staff and students; preventing all forms of discrimination, bullying and harassment;
  • actively promoting an effective work-life balance;
  • engaging with other Lancaster University departments as well as other universities to help achieve (and go above and beyond) our equality and diversity aims.

Staff Responsibilities

  • To work together with students and other staff in an atmosphere of mutual respect regardless of hierarchical position.
  • To exercise and encourage inclusive language and behaviour, and to refrain from creating an intimidating atmosphere for anyone.
  • To raise concerns about the infringements of the above General Principles to a member of the Department’s Equality and Diversity Committee, and to see that the legitimate concerns of students or colleagues are dealt with in an appropriate manner.
  • To exercise complete impartiality with regard to admissions and assessment.
  • To provide adapted teaching and assessment arrangements for students with disability or learning difficulty so that they are not disadvantaged and respond appropriately to the changing learning support needs of students.
  • To provide advice, information and support to students and colleagues to ensure that they receive equitable treatment and are aware of their rights and responsibilities. If necessary, to seek further advice from a staff member of the Equality and Diversity Committee or the Head of Department.
  • To take up equality and diversity awareness training and learning opportunities.

Students' Responsibilities

  • To behave in a manner that shows mutual respect for the legitimate concerns of other students and staff.
  • To raise concerns about the infringements of the above General Principles to a member of the Department’s Equality and Diversity Committee.
  • To exercise and encourage inclusive language and behaviour, and to refrain from creating an intimidating atmosphere for anyone.
  • To inform staff as soon as possible of their specific learning needs or relevant changes in circumstances so that appropriate assessment arrangements or learning support can be made.
  • To effectively manage periods of paid work, childcare, family and other commitments and responsibilities in order to achieve a work-life balance that does not hinder their academic studies.

Departmental Responsibilities

The Department’s Equality and Diversity Committee, formed by the staff and students named on the Department's website, 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.