Equal Opportunities in Maths

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester strongly supports equal opportunities for all and the advancing of women’s careers within mathematics and has signed up to the London Mathematical Society’s good practice scheme.

The Scheme sets out five principles of good practice:London Mathematical Society Good Practice Logo

  • A robust organisational framework to deliver equality of opportunity and reward.
  • Appointment, promotion and selection processes and procedures that encourage men and women to apply for academic posts at all levels.
  • Departmental structures and systems that enable men and women to progress and continue in their careers.
  • Departmental organisation, structure, management arrangements and culture that are open, inclusive and transparent and encourage the participation of all staff.
  • Flexible approaches and provisions that encompass the working day, the working year and a working life and enable individuals, at all career and life stages, to maximise their contribution to mathematics, their department and institution.

 Athena Swan Bronze Award

The Department has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Department award.

This award recognises that in addition to university-wide policies the department promotes gender equality and to addresses challenges particular to the discipline.


This exhibition showcased fourteen portraits offering an unusual insight into mathematics.

After the exhibition there were “Women in Mathematics” talks delivered by mathematicians from the University of Leicester. The talks celebrated the different facets of mathematical work done by women in mathematics at the University of Leicester.  Topics covered across the range of pure mathematics to mathematical modelling and actuarial science fields.

 Contact Details for Women in the Maths Department

Dr Julia Goedecke Teaching Fellow MA010b 252 5352 jg418
Dr Katrin Leschke Reader Head of Student Support, Woman's Tutor CH203 252 5237 kl96
Dr Sheila McCann Visiting Research Associate smm60
Dr Simona Paoli Lecturer BEN G57 223 1031 sp424
Dr Sibylle Schroll Reader CH202 252 3888 ss489
Prof Nicole Snashall Professor CH105 252 3881 njs5
Leena Sodha Head of Actuarial Science MA010E 252 5287 ls305
Tatiana Tyukina E-Learning Teaching Fellow MA208 252 5226 tt51
Dr Aihua Zhang Lecturer MA118 252 5354


Women in Maths: The School of Mathematical Sciences at Nottingham University have made some videos to promote women in maths and physics, like a mini ad campaign. Check them out!

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University Rankings

University of Leicester

  • 29th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • 34th in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 43rd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
Contact details

Department of Mathematics
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel.: +44 (0)116 229 7407

Campus Based Courses

Undergraduate: mathsug@le.ac.uk
Postgraduate Taught: mathspg@le.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research: pgrmaths@le.ac.uk

Distance Learning Course  

Actuarial Science:

DL Study


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