Equality and diversity
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (SMPS), which hosts the Department of Meteorology, was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2010 and was successful in renewing the award in 2014.
The Athena SWAN Awards recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments in academia. Independent evaluations have shown that membership of the charter helps to advance women's careers and had a positive impact on changing the culture and attitudes within member institutions: simply put, universities and departments that hold Athena SWAN awards are more advanced in addressing unequal representation than those that don't.
We select lecturers within the department based on merit rather than race or gender bias, and our ratio of female lecturers and Professor/Associate Professor staff grades is well above the norm in other UK mathematics and physical science university departments. Our undergraduate course selection criteria are gender- and race-neutral, and as a result our undergraduate courses typically number equal representation of male and female students.