School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN Silver AwardSMSAS is fully committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity within our staff group and student body. We believe this approach fosters a happier, fairer, and more productive environment for us all. Embedding equal opportunities for women and supporting career progression for women are integral to this.


Women at SMSAS

Across the UK 40% of Mathematics graduates are female but rates of representation within academic departments are generally much lower. Fewer than one in every twenty Professors of Mathematics is a woman.

The School successfully submitted an application to the Athena SWAN Charter and was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in 2018. The School is one of just nine mathematical sciences departments in the UK to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

  • This reflects the priority that we feel should be given to enabling sustainable careers for scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians (STEM).
  • Valuing and celebrating the diversity of our staff and student body, and making sure this can be sustained, is fundamental to the School's ethos.
  • Gaining the Athena SWAN award is not an end in itself but will be an important marker for the progress we have achieved to date, spurring us toward ongoing and continuing improvement.
Female academics have been part of our school throughout its history. Winifred D. Ashton was one of several women statisticians working at Kent in the 1960s. In the 1990s, the first female Lecturer in Mathematics, Elizabeth Mansfield, and the first female Lecturer in Actuarial Science, Judy Presnell, were appointed. Our academic staff is currently around 29% female.



School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS), Sibson Building, Parkwood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FS

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Last Updated: 08/05/2018