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Gender Equality

In 2020 the Department took part in the celebration of the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. As part of this, we hosted a virtual exhibition with posters of Modern Nightingales: five women in Statistics inspired by Nightingale, and whose own work is having an impact on policy and social change.

Step Forward is a Personal Development Programme for Women, open to all women students (those who identify as women) in all subject areas at Oxford University.

OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science, and Technology) is one of the largest student-led societies at the University of Oxford. OxFEST promotes gender equality in STEM subjects by supporting women studying or working in these fields, spreading awareness of diversity issues in STEM, and encouraging community members to become advocates.

RisingWISE is a newly established Oxbridge network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women for women and delivered entirely by women.

Enterprising Women aims to encourage, inspire and support the participation of female STEM researchers (those who identify as women or non-binary) in innovation and entrepreneurship, through a variety of events and programmes. Check out the podcasts.

The Oxford Women’s Newsletter (OWN) is published fortnightly during term time and once a month during the long vacation.  It contains news, resources and events, and celebrates the achievements of women at Oxford.  To subscribe, send email to

University of Oxford Podcasts: Women of Achievement is a lecture series showcasing the enormous range of women’s careers and raising the profile of women of high achievement in order to increase the range of role models accessible to challenge and inspire women at Oxford.

Guidance on family leave including maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave, unpaid parental leave and fertility treatment leave.


Athena SWAN:

The Department of Statistics was first awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in 2014. Our application was overseen by the Good Practice Steering Group (now renamed The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee) with support from the Oxford University Equality and Diversity Unit. The Department of Statistics was awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award following the submission round in November 2017. A copy of the Application can be viewed here and our Action Plan, which has now been updated after taking up the one year extension, can be viewed here.

The Athena SWAN Charter was developed to encourage and recognise commitment to combating under-representation and advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine research and academia.

The Department of Statistics is a supporter of the London Mathematical Society Good Practice scheme, which aims to support mathematics departments interested in embedding equal opportunities for women within their working practices.