Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

The Heilbronn Institute places a high priority on the issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion within the mathematical community and beyond. We monitor and seek to address imbalance within Institute-sponsored activities. The diversity of our cohorts of students, researchers, and staff is an important component of Institute excellence.

We require that research events supported by the Heilbronn Institute have an appropriate gender balance among speakers and participants, and we encourage organisers to actively engage to help achieve this. We offer support to carers to enable their active participation at our events and activities.

We aim to achieve an increase in gender balance and diversity, and we are responsive to new ideas for addressing equality across our research activities.

· University of Bristol EDI Policies

The Heilbronn Institute is partnered with the University of Bristol and seeks to maintain the standards and policies of both the University and the School of Mathematics.

· School of Mathematics EDI Policies

The School of Mathematics has a strong track record on EDI issues, as was recently recognised by an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

· Good Practice Scheme | London Mathematical Society

The Scheme provides specific support for departments working towards Athena SWAN Award status.


We currently support 40 Fellows and PhD students, 12 of whom (i.e. 30%) are women.

We have been looking at ways to address the current and historic gender imbalance in our team.  As a result we are introducing new schemes targeted specifically at increasing the number of female Heilbronn Fellows and PhD students



Referral Rewards

We want to recruit the most able mathematicians and are strongly committed to supporting women. More generally we seek to increase the diversity of our applicant pool. We will offer £500 towards the personal research expenses of any member of staff at a UK University who refers an applicant who is then successfully appointed to a Heilbronn Fellowship, and who increases the diversity of the Institute.

If you wish to draw our attention to such a candidate, or if you wish to submit your referrals, please contact the Heilbronn Manager at heilbronn-manager@bristol.ac.uk


Network events

We are a supporter of the  Good Practice Scheme coordinated by the London Mathematical Society .  Our  aim is to advance women’s careers in mathematics and we therefore particularly welcome women to join us by getting involved in our events to bring female staff and graduate students together.  In many areas of mathematics women are in the minority and this is a chance to meet female staff and postgraduate students they would not normally encounter. We also support some mathematics meetings for women run elsewhere.


Support for carers

We are able to help with  the cost of child care for invited speakers and participants attending Heilbronn’s events .

For further information please contact the Heilbronn Manager at heilbronn-manager@bristol.ac.uk

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