Engineering, Physics and Mathematics (EPM), along with CAHID and Computing, is now part of the School of Science and Engineering. Within the department of EPM there are approximately 60 academic staff, 10 administrative staff and 14 technical staff, all responsible for the teaching of approximately 1000 students.

The Athena SWAN EPM Self-Assessment Team (SAT), was formed in Autumn 2014 by Professor Gunnar Hornig who currently still chairs the group. Professor Hornig was associate dean for the postgraduate school of EPM and is a member of the Athena SWAN Executive group.

When building the EPM SAT, Professor Hornig made an effort to ensure a balanced and diverse group of people were representing the department, because of this the composition of the SAT is reviewed annually.

The EPM SAT continues to meet every regularly every 1 to 2 months and (the former School of) Engineering, Physics and Mathematics applied for Bronze Athena SWAN department award in April 2015.

On obtaining the Bronze award, Prof Hornig said, “Improving the gender equality in subjects which are traditionally very male dominated, like Engineering and Physics, is not an easy task. Hence I am very proud that with this award, our work towards this goal has been recognised. There is, of course, still a lot to do, but it is a very encouraging start.”   

Bronze Award

ATHENA Swan BronzeEngineering, Physics and Mathematics gained their Athena SWAN Department Bronze award in October 2015.

Self Assessment Team

See the list of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics SAT staff contacts.

How Our Department Compares

The percentage of female students in Physics and Engineering are close to, and for Mathematics, significantly above, the national averages. A possible explanation could be the high visibility of female academics in Mathematics, who are always present at open days or pre UCAS application visit days and play a big role in outreach activities. To try to recruit more female undergraduates, the School will increase the visibility of female student ambassadors and staff at recruitment events, as well as the visibility of female students on advertising material and webpages. 


Surprisingly there is a high percentage of female students finishing with an ordinary degree. The distribution of grades in physics will also be monitored, although the absolute numbers are small, there is a tendency of female students to have lower grades. 

Percentage Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students by Gender Engineering

Percentage female and male students compared to national mean

Undergraduate Students by Gender Mathematics

Percentage female and male students compared to national mean

Undergraduate Students by Gender Physics

Percentage female and male students compared to national mean

Percentage Degree Results

Degree by Gender - Engineering

Degree Results for BEng by Gender

Degree by Gender - Mathematics

Degree Results for BSc Mathematics by Gender

 Degree by Gender - Physics

Degree Results for BSc Physics by Gender