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The Department of Statistics has been granted Athena Swan's Silver Award. This recognises the advances the department has made supporting achievement and career progression for all, especially women

The Athena Swan Charter is an international framework to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. It was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment. The Charter is now used more broadly, to address barriers to progression that affect all under represented groups in HE.

Previously the department held a Bronze Award which showed its initial investment into consideration of gender equality. The Silver Award celebrates the departments progress in identifying and tackling inequalities.

The Statistics Department has signed up to the Athena Swan Charter by:
1) Working towards gender equality and an equitable working environment for students, academics and support staff.
2) Carrying out a self-assessment to identify areas of good practice alongside areas for improvement.
3) Taking forward an action plan covering a range of issues such as recruitment, training, mentoring and flexible working patterns.
4) Being committed to encouraging more female representation among undergraduate and postgraduate students, supporting improved progression of women into academia.
5) Committing ourselves to share good practice with other departments and institutions, which is a key element in aiming for the Gold Award.

The Silver Award is valid until at least August 2026.

Thu 16 Sep 2021, 15:12 | Tags: Dept

David Firth to be next President of the Royal Statistical Society

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor David Firth who has been announced as RSS president for 2023-24.

Sat 28 Aug 2021, 20:29 | Tags: Dept, Science, Faculty of Science

Congratulations to Jere Koskela who has recently been announced as a winner of the Bernoulli Society's New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Jere Koskela who has recently been announced as a winner of the Bernoulli Society's New Researcher Award, in recognition of his innovative research in probability. The Award will be announced at the 42nd Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications to be held in Wuhan, China, June 27 - July 1, 2022, and it comes with a an invitation to present an Award Lecture at this Congress. A really significant honour -

Mon 05 Jul 2021, 11:44 | Tags: Dept, Science, Faculty of Science

EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship award for Heather Turner

An EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Heather Turner in which she will establish the role of Research Software Engineers in creating more sustainable and inclusive large-scale software projects. The RSE project will foster the next generation of R project developers, creating a more sustainable and inclusive base for the future. Further details here (link to

Fri 30 Apr 2021, 12:14 | Tags: Dept, EPSRC, Faculty of Science

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