Department of Mathematical Sciences

Equality and inclusion

Promoting and celebrating equality in our department

We are committed to promoting a positive and inclusive environment for all our colleagues. 

Professor Berthold Lausen
We aim for equality at all stages of careers, from undergraduates all the way to professors and senior management.
Professor Berthold Lausen Head of department

The Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEM) employment in higher education and research.The University of Essex was awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEM.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences was awarded a Bronze Department Award in November 2018.

Our Athena SWAN team

  • Dr Xinan Ying (Lead), Lecturer in Operational Research
  • Professor Edward Codling, Professor of Mathematical Biology
  • Dr Alexei Vernitski, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
  • Dr Christopher Saker, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
  • Dr Haslifah Hashim, Lecturer in Actuarial Science
  • Dr Spyridon Vrontos, Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Science
  • Claire Watts, Departmental Manager
  • Dr Gerald Williams
  • Birsen Irem Selamoglu, PhD student
  • Gokce Caylak, PhD student

Resources for staff

There is a wide range of opportunities, resources and support networks available for our staff, both within and outside our University. 

Training and funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities of particular relevance to Women in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.


The department recognises the importance of mentorship and coaching. The department currently has a mentorship task and finish group who are developing a mentorship system for academic and administrative staff.

Annual review process

The School actively promotes academic and research staff applying for permanency and promotion via the annual review process.

LMS Good Practice Scheme

As a department we are committed to the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme. The scheme identifies five key principles of good practice  for gender equality in mathematics departments in Universities.