A first Silver Athena SWAN for the University

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS) has become the first at the University to be awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award.

SMSAS is one of only nine university mathematics departments in the UK to receive a Silver, as only 40% of Silver Award applications to the Athena SWAN Charter are successful.

The Athena SWAN Silver Award recognises ongoing commitment to embed equality, diversity and inclusivity in SMSAS which was the first at Kent to receive a Bronze Award in 2014 for its work to advance and promote the careers of women.

The School has since led the way in establishing practices and policies that support gender equality and the professional and academic progression of staff and students. The School’s practices and policies have subsequently been adopted by other departments at Kent and highlighted as examples of good practice.

The Head of School, Professor Peter Hydon, thanked staff members instrumental in achieving the Award particularly Rowena Paget who led and wrote the application, James Bentham for statistical analysis and clear presentation of data, and Professor Peter Clarkson for leading the SAT and doing so much to spread good practice to the University and the UK mathematical sciences community”.

The School will shortly be holding an all-school event to celebrate the achievement.