The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
- The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
- It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
- Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research can apply for membership.
As a recipient of a Bronze award, the School of Mathematics commits to supporting the six Athena SWAN Principles:
- To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
- To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
- The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
- The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
- The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
- There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation.
- Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - WiSET (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) Event to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day 2015
The event will host engineer-led tours of the station alongside a networking session with female engineers, scientists and technologists from industry and academia. Our keynote address will be given by Professor Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning.
- Wednesday 12 November 2014 : A woman's place..?
Women's Careers in Science: Sharing best practice between academia and industry. (Lancaster University.)
- 14th-17th April 2015: The LMS 150th Anniversary Women in Maths event
Celebrating 150 years of women in the Mathematical sciences.
In the news:
- Prof Maryam Mirzakhani first female Fields medal winner.
- Involved dads.
- Why women (still) don't get hired for jobs involving maths.
- Women in academia: what does it take to reach the top?
- Why are there still so few women in science?
- Faking it: Women, Academia and Impostor Syndrome.
- Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried.
- Five suggestions to the Norwegian government about female professors.
- Mothers' work-life balance in the academy.
- The superwoman fallacy: what it really takes to be an academic and parent.
Resources for students:
- Finance advice - childcare.
- Students' Union Women's Campaign.
- Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.
- Manchester Girl Geeks.
Women in Mathematics, Science and Academia:
- LMS and the Good Practice Scheme
- European Women in Mathematics
- Association for Women in Mathematics
- WISE Campaign
- Women in Math Project
- We've come a long way, but...
Interviews with Researchers:
Equality and Diversity:
- Equality Challenge Unit
- Unconscious bias
- The glass cliff
- Study: Science faculty's subtle gender biases favour male students
- Diversity data analysis for the Royal Society - Summary report
Career Advice and Professional Development:
Prominent women in the history of mathematics at Manchester:
The Davis index of female mathematics graduates in Manchester (1908-1940):