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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Activities

Tuesday 8 March 2016@12:00: This is International Women's Day and we will reflect on Malala's story, and fundraise for the Malala fund whose goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential. We shall meet in room W309.

Wednesday 24 February 2016@2:30: Public Lecture by Professor Caroline Series, who is the Durham Pascal Fellow 2016 and will talk on the starting point in the work that earned Marjam Mirzakhani her Fields Medal in 2014. Marjam is an Iranian mathematician and is the first woman ever to be awarded a Fields Medal. She works on Ergodic Theory and is a Professor at Stanford University.

Monday 23 November 2015@10:30: Girls Coffee time - A tea/coffee and biscuits forum to exchange ideas between Durham Maths female undergraduates, postgraduates, post-doctoral researchers and permanent staff on how to engage more effectively in a campaign to help younger women consider a career in mathematics by identifying the obstacles and acting to reduce them.

Friday 6 November 2015: Third Maths Parents Network meeting. Any father or mother in the department who wants to join the Ma-Parents list (and maybe our next meeting), can just write an email to Marion Weinzierl. Our mailing list is for exchanging information and asking questions to other parents (we have at the moment seventeen parents on the list), and we meet once per term.

Tuesday 3 November 2015@12:30: Our weekly lunch-together has resumed after the summer break. Many new faces in the department and a great way to share experiences, tips and good practice in the work place.

Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 October 2015: Celebrate Science Festival. A team of Maths postgrads, postdocs and staff entertained Key Stage 2 children and their parents at this half-term annual event organised by the Science Faculty. The idea was to interest the children in the cool shape of viruses, giving them opportunities to appreciate the mathematical power of symmetry. Huge success and many smiley faces.

Thursday 5 March 2015 @ 5:15pm: our first public lecture in a series whose aim is to enhance women's achievements in Mathematics and Science. We are delighted to welcome Professor Reidun Twarock, from York University, who will deliver a lecture on `Geometry: A Secret Weapon in the Fight against Viruses' in the Calman Learning Centre (CLC013).

Thursday 5 March 2015 @ 3:00pm: Kate Horner and Lauren Scanlon lead a workshop targetting Y10+ on the theme of Knot Theory. The two-hour session will be delivered at Van Mildert College in the Ustinov room and is entitled `What do Mathematicians and Cows have in Common?' The aim is to demystify mathematics, encourage young people to keep mathematics in their curriculum and consider studying the subject further at university.

Thursday 5 March 2015 @ 1:00pm: the Science Faculty organises a prize giving ceremony to honour the PhD students and Postdocs who won the photo-competition organised earlier this year on the them ` Women in Science', on the run up to the 2015 International Women's Day on March 8. We congratulate Michela Egidi, one of our PhD students in Pure Mathematics, for being a winner of the competition with the photo on the right, which she kindly allowed us to use.

Tuesday 10 February 2015 @ 10:00am in CM103: Girls time - A tea/coffee and biscuits forum to exchange ideas between Durham Maths female undergraduates, postgraduates, post-doctoral researchers and permanent staff on how to engage more effectively in a campaign to help younger women consider a career in mathematics by identifying the obstacles and acting to reduce them.

Wednesday 4 February 2015 @ 1:00pm in CM101: Staff and Postgraduate Students development workshop on `Equality in Higher Education: Now? Sometime? Never?' facilitated by Kate Horner, postdoc.

Following on from the talk about equality on 26th November 2014, this talk will form a continuation of that discussion focussing in particular on equality within the science subjects. We will explore and discuss the latest research into equality, as well as ideas for promoting fairness for everyone throughout the department.

Wednesday 26 November 2014 @ 1:00pm in CM101: Staff and Postgraduate Students development workshop on `Equality, Diversity & Unconscious Bias', facilitated by Miss Michelle Taylor (HR).

Traditional approaches to diversity have assumed that patterns of discriminatory behaviour are conscious and that people who know better ‘do the right thing’ whereas those who don’t know better are actually choosing to discriminate due to underlying negative feelings about some groups. But what if people make choices that discriminate against one group in favour of another without even realizing they are doing it? And even more strikingly… against their own conscious belief that they are being unbiased? The Unconscious Bias workshop explores the ideas of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ thinking, the nature and types of bias, and how to begin to deal with our unconscious biases.

This workshop is particularly aimed at those academic and professional staff who are involved in activities such as recruitment and selection, student admissions, pastoral care, chairing of panels/committees, performance management, and absence management. We have invited postgrads to join in, as we feel awareness is important from a very early stage.

Presentation slides.

Monday 10 November 2014: Launch of a buddy scheme between our Maths Teaching students and pupils from local schools (Y10+) interested in studying Maths at University. The scheme has a broad scope, but particular emphasis is put on encouraging girls to take Mathematics at A-level, with female undergraduate students acting as role models. An `buddy event' is planned in our Department in the week 2-6 March 2015 in the build-up to the International Women's Day on March 8 and in cooperation with the Durham Faculty of Science, which organises activities during that week on the theme `Women in Science'.

Wednesday 5 November 2014 @ 11:00am in CLC406: Girls time - A tea/coffee and biscuits forum to exchange ideas between Durham Maths female undergraduates, postgraduates, post-doctoral researchers and permanent staff on how to engage more effectively in a campaign to help younger women consider a career in mathematics by identifying the obstacles and acting to reduce them.