Benchmarking study of Athena SWAN programmes

The London Mathematical Society commissioned Ortus Economic Research to deliver this benchmarking study examining the staff and student gender balance within UK Mathematics departments and to identify good practice in addressing gender imbalances. The study was led by a steering group which included Dr Eugenie Hunsicker (Warwick University) and Professor John Greenlees (Sheffield University).

The purpose of the study was to assist the Society in their efforts to provide valuable research and data to members in support of the Women and Diversity in Mathematics initiative and its Good Practice Scheme.

Specifically, the objectives of the project were to:

  • derive a picture of gender diversity in mathematics departments in the UK
  • publish both quantitative and qualitative evidence relevant to gender diversity
  • identify issues for further, more detailed investigation

The research has drew on extensive information, including:

  • a sample of Athena SWAN applications from the last three years (and supporting information), provided by participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • 2013 Benchmarking Survey data, provided by the Society
  • Annual Statistical Reports published by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU, which manages the Athena SWAN Charter and accreditation)
  • bespoke data commissioned by the Society from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

In addition, the research involved qualitative interviews with participating Institutions.

The report, and accompanying data outputs, cab be found on the Society’s website.

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