Life in the School
The School provides a friendly and flexible working environment. Central academics are based in two floors of the Alan Turing Building in an attractive campus in Milton Keynes, while regional academics (such as staff tutors) work primarily in one of the regional or national offices around the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The Alan Turing Building was refurbished in 2008 in line with the School's requirements. Most offices accommodate one academic member of staff or two postdocs, with larger offices accommodating around four PhD students. There is a common room area and a well-equipped seminar room suitable for up to about thirty people. This facilitates our extensive seminar programmes of external speakers in both mathematics and statistics. There is also a large range of more informal study groups. Staff and PhD students regularly join together for lunch in the refectory.
The School is proud to support the London Mathematical Society's (LMS) Good Practice Scheme and is committed to developing good working practices that support the careers of all members of the Department. Work in this area is led by the School's Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team. The 2012 Good Practice Benchmarking Survey commissioned by the LMS scored the School's working practices as being well above the national average in several areas.
The Good Practice Scheme has a particular emphasis on advancing the careers of women in mathematics. The School has a high proportion of women compared with many other maths departments and is developing activities to support their careers.
The University has a Bronze Athena SWAN award (April 2013) and a range of policies to support those with caring responsibilities. In April 2014 the School was awarded a departmental Athena SWAN Bronze award.