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UCL Mathematics praised in GLA report

29 March 2006

UCL Mathematics has been praised for its innovative approach to the recruitment of women to study maths-based degrees.

In 'Women in London's Economy', a Mayor of London report based on quantitative work by the Greater London Authority Economics group and the Institute for Employment Studies, UCL Mathematics is highlighted as an example of good practice in encouraging women into traditionally male-dominated fields.

To counter the under-representation of women in maths degrees, the department holds an annual 'Women in Maths' day for female students in Year 12. The day consists of maths lectures and puzzles, along with a talk about careers - typically from a female careers advisor. Another purpose of the day is to encourage young women with an interest in maths to meet other like-minded women.

Dr Robert Bowles, Admissions Tutor for UCL Mathematics, said: "We sometimes see that young women mention on their UCAS application forms that they attended the 'Women in Maths' day. I estimate that usually two or three of the attendees end up coming to study maths at UCL." The next 'Women in Maths' day will be held on 27th June.

The 'Women in London's Economy' report looked at issues such as the gender pay gap and concluded that education authorities, academic institutions and careers advisors have a role to play in improving the situation, by providing the widest possible career choices for women.

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