skip to content

About the Maths Faculty


Welcome from the Heads of Departments

Welcome to the Faculty of Mathematics.  The Faculty, like the wider University, is committed to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

Our aim is that staff and students from all backgrounds feel confident in their ability, feel empowered to be themselves and can achieve their best here in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS).  We recognise that diversity promotes innovation and creativity, and provides exposure to a wider range of ideas, skills and experiences which we can all benefit from, as well as helping us to attract and retain the best talent from around the world.

Together we can create an inclusive environment of tolerance and mutual respect where everyone feels valued, listened to and protected from discrimination.  We want the Faculty to be a safe and supportive learning environment and we are striving to ensure our commitment to inclusion is put into practice.

We expect all staff and students to be equally valued and treated with respect, courtesy and consideration.  As a member of our community you have a personal responsibility to behave professionally and you have the right to expect professional behaviour from others.

We encourage you to share your experiences (both good and bad) and ideas for improvements via our suggestion boxes (bottom of the main stairs from the core) or by emailing

We hope you enjoy your time here in the CMS.

Professor Colm-cille Caulfield (DAMTP) and Professor James Norris (DPMMS)


Equality and Diversity Committee

The E&D Committee's remit is to promote a culture of participation and inclusivity, work to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues, embed E&D values and working practices, identify obstacles and problem areas, identify equality priorities and objectives, propose actions to meet these priorities and monitor progress. It is responsible for both staff and students and to consider all the protected characteristics.

Gender Equality

The Faculty of Mathematics is a supporter of the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are keen to attract the best talent from all backgrounds and genders, and therefore strongly encourage women to apply to join us, whether as students or staff. For more information see our Women in Mathematics pages.

LGBT+ Equality

The Faculty has developed an LGBT+ Action Plan (2019-2022). Whilst some of these actions explicitly refer to the LGBT+ community, many are also applicable across multiple protected characteristics and particular actions will also be relevant to race & inclusion, disability & wellbeing and gender equality networks. The Maths LGBT+ mailing list can be joined here: 

Race Equality

The Faculty supports the University's aim to improve racial equality by driving cultural and organisation change to ensure that we excel in attracting and supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students, while creating an environment that is conducive to openly discussing race-related issues and challenging racism. 


The Centre for Mathematical Sciences is accessible for wheelchair users. There is suitable parking on site, wide corridors and safe stairwells in case of fire. The office accommodation, seminar/lecture rooms and communal areas are accessible to wheelchair users by lift.  There are disabled toilets on ground floor of every Pavilion, and more on the lower ground of Central Core and the upper floors of Pavilion B.  Induction loops are available in all ten lecture theatres for those with hearing impairments.  Assistance dogs for the visually impaired are welcome. Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre.

Quiet Room

The Faculty has a quiet room available for reflection or prayer in Pavilion F for staff and students (contact

Equality & Diversity @ University of Cambridge

For more information about equality and diversity across the University visit