"Working towards equity, diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of all staff and students in the Department of Statistics. We aim to be a collaborative and supportive community, but we must rise to the challenge of ensuring that we provide a welcoming, safe and productive learning and working environment for all. Our application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award sets out an ambitious and comprehensive action plan to change our culture and working practices so that everyone can enjoy equal opportunities and a positive environment, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or background."
Professor Fiona Steele, Head of Department
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at LSE
LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours. We seek to enable all members of the School community to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by equality of respect and opportunity.
The School’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is one of its six strategic priorities, as highlighted in the LSE Strategy 2020, and ‘equality of respect and opportunity’ is one of the core principles set out in the School’s Ethics Code. The EDI Office acts to promote and further LSE’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion for all members of the School community.
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)’s Athena SWAN is a national charter mark that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. It was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employed in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), 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.
To provide some examples of our work:
Athena SWAN is a national charter mark – run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) – that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. It is very exciting that LSE has achieved Bronze award from charter Athena SWAN, in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. You can read more about this accomplishment via this news article.
We are also very proud to announce that our application for an Athena SWAN bronze award was successful! A bronze award recognises our commitment to advancing women’s careers, and promotion of equality and inclusivity more generally.
18 - 22 May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week! Also the LSE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team are launching their Safe Contact scheme! We are proud to say that our very own Professional Services Staff Penny Montague and Dr Sara Geneletti are safe contacts.
LSE works with AccessAble and Business Disability Forum (BDF) to maximise independence and choice for disabled people, to develop online access guides to all the School’s buildings and route maps around campus.
AccessAble at LSE
LSE Disability and Wellbeing service
LSE is a Stonewall diversity champion and is part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Stonewall is the leading employers' programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace and is part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
The Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.
The Women in Statistics Network holds informal monthly meetings when all women staff and PhD students in the Department can get together. The network also aims to raise the profile of women in Statistics and Data Science through public events.