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 to embed equal opportunities for women within their working practices.

The Scheme provides specific support for departments working towards Athena SWAN Award status. Further information can be found in the Good Practice Scheme Booklet below.

The GPS Steering Group has published benchmarking information for UK mathematics departments as below.  Further help and support for departments can be found by following the 'Support for Departments' link on the left hand menu.


The Good Practice Scheme is managed by a Steering Group, the membership of which is:  Peter Clarkson (Chair), Penny Davies, Anne Davis, John Greenlees, Eugenie Hunsicker, Jeremy Levesley, Gwyneth Stallard and Anne Taormina.

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A Good Practice Scheme Workshop will be held on Thursday 7 December in Edinburgh.  Further details will be posted here when available.

The Society has published updated benchmarking data on the gender balance in UK mathematics departments for the academic years 2011/12 through to 2014/15.  This data updates the data previously published in the report Advancing women in mathematics: good practice in UK university departments.  The updated data and other resources for departments can be found here


Two Good Practice Scheme Workshops were hosted by the Society in Autumn 2015: on 14 October 2015 at the ICMS in Edinburgh (hosted jointly with the Edinburgh Mathematical Society) and on 6 November 2015 at De Morgan House.  More details are available here.


The Athena SWAN May 2014 awards have been announced - there are 6 new bronze awards for mathematics departments and 1 silver renewal.

Being on an Athena SWAN assessment Panel - Peter Clarkson writes about being on a panel and provides advice for those submitting an application.


Athene Donald writes about 'Changing the Departmental Mind-set' in relation to Athena Swan Awards.


Imperial College's Department of Mathematics and Sheffield Hallam University's Department of Engineering and Mathematics are awarded Bronze Departmental Awards in the latest Athena SWAN announcements.

The LMS launched its report Advancing women in mathematics: good practice in UK university departments at the House of Commons on 27th February.

More details of the launch and the report are given here.


RCUK announces its policy to support equality and diversity in research.