School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Women in Science

Women in Science


We aim to provide a supportive working environment that encourages all members of staff to fulfill their potential and achieve their ambitions.

The School supports the London Mathematical Society's Good Practice Scheme; actively advancing women's careers in university mathematics. We're committed to achieving an improved gender balance at all levels of academic and research staff.

We aim to provide a supportive working environment that encourages all members of staff to fulfill their potential and achieve their ambitions. We support flexible and part-time working and, where possible, arrange departmental meetings within core hours.

We provide mentoring for new staff and post-docs, and monitor individuals' career progression, aiming to identify and encourage candidates for promotion.

A young female computer scientist.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises institutions committed to supporting the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

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.

Any university or research institution committed to principles of the charter can apply for membership of Athena SWAN.

The award has two deadlines each year, 30 November and 30 April. The application process requires evidence gathering, self assessment and the formulation of a three year action plan. The application form is then assessed and the department is notified if they've been successful. More information is available in the Athena SWAN charter document.

Newcastle University currently holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award at university-level, and 18 departmental awards. Details of these awards can be found on the main university website.


Find out about funding and awards available to facilitate women's postgraduate studies in STEM subjects, and support policies put in place by Newcastle University.

Funding and awards

Several grants and awards are available to facilitate women's postgraduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines or to recommence a scientific research career after a break.

For more information please see:

Support policies

Newcastle University has a number of support policies, covering: 

  • maternity
  • career breaks
  • special sickness

The University's Human Resources website also has general information for people with family and carer responsibilities.