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Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team


Professor Gwyneth StallardProfessor Gwyneth Stallard is the chair of the Self-Assessment Team. She came to the OU in 1994 as a Research Fellow and was promoted to Professor of Pure Mathematics in 2009. She returned to work half-time following maternity leave in 1999 and has gradually increased her hours, returning to full-time work in 2012. She has been chair of the London Mathematical Society's Women in Mathematics Committee since 2006.


Dr Andrey UmerskiDr Andrey Umerski is Head of School and a member of the applied mathematics group.  He was formerly Director of the Postgraduate Mathematics Programme for many years. He takes a holistic view of Athena SWAN initiatives and is generally interested in the health and wellbeing of the School and its staff.


Professor Uwe Grimm is a Professor of Mathematics and the lead of the Applied Mathematics group in the School. In the past, Uwe was Head of School and Associate Dean for Research and served as a member of various groups and committees, including promotions committees at Faculty and University level and the University's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. He currently appraises staff in Applied Mathematics and contributes to the School’s promotion group and subgroup.


Professor June Barrow-Green is a Professor in the History of Mathematics. She is actively involved in outreach events, many of which are aimed at encouraging girls into mathematics or concern the history of women in mathematics. She has also published on the history of the gender gap in mathematics.


Dr Toby O'Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Analysis (and previous Head of Department). In his home life, he is responsible for the morning school run and has adjusted his working life to accommodate this. His daughter is a regular visitor to the department and is very clear on the advantages of the academic life – your own whiteboard.


Dr Ian Short is the Director of Research in Mathematics and Statistics. He is active in teaching and research, and active in taking care of his two daughters, who both attend a primary school.


Dr Sue Forsythe is a senior lecturer in Mathematics Education. She started her career as a teacher of mathematics in secondary schools eventually becoming a head of mathematics. A slight change of career and she became a lecturer in Education working in initial and continuing teacher education before coming to the OU to take up her present post. Like many other women she has combined work with bringing up three boys and worked part-time for several years while they were young. At the outset of her career in education she never dreamt that she would end up as a university lecturer.


Dr Silvia Barbina is a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor, and a member of the pure mathematics group. She is the Staff Tutor rep on the team, with specific interests on the Athena SWAN aspects of homeworking and on work-life balance.


Dr Hayley Ryder Dr Hayley Ryder is a Staff Tutor in pure mathematics and deputy director of the mathematics MSc. Hayley and her partner both work full time. They have three children, two of whom have special needs, several cats, and five actively used expresso machines.


Dr Vasiliki EvdoridouDr Vasiliki Evdoridou is the postdoc representative on the team and her research is within the field of Complex Dynamics. She is responsible for the School's Athena SWAN tea and cake events, which are social events open to all staff and research students of the School. She is also a member of the University's Athena SWAN committee.


Brigitte StenhouseBrigitte Stenhouse is the PhD Student representative on the team. Her research is in History of Mathematics and focuses on the work of Mary Somerville (1780-1872), encompassing both Somerville’s contributions to mathematical knowledge but also how she navigated what was then an actively hostile environment for women.


Libby Meade is the Senior Manager, Qualifications in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.  She has worked in the School since 2001 and works closely with non-academic support staff to ensure effective delivery of our curriculum to students.  She is interested in helping support staff develop their potential at work.  She has a daughter at secondary school and whilst full-time now, Libby spent 9 years working on a part-time basis.  She therefore particularly appreciates the opportunities for flexible working offered by the University. 


Tracy Johns is the School Office Manager providing all the administrative support to both the Chair of the Self Assessment Team and the Team and assists with the compilation of submissions and data.  She joined the Faculty of Maths and Computing at the OU in 1989 having held various secretarial and administrative positions within the Faculty during that time.  Tracy works compressed hours under the agile working scheme.