Women at Oxford

Admissions and outreach

At Oxford we are fully committed to encouraging and supporting female mathematicians at all stages of their careers. Our schools outreach has a major focus on encouraging more women to study Further Mathematics at A-level (nationally only 30% of Further Maths students are women). Women make up 30% of our undergraduate mathematicians, compared with an average of 25% across Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, and Warwick universities. We are delighted that 37% of our offer holders from the 2016/17 admissions round are women.

Mirzakhani Society

Mirzakhani sip and solve meeting

The Mirzakhani Society is a society for women studying maths at Oxford, named after Maryam Mirzakhani (the first woman to win a Fields Medal). Its aim is to support students through providing a space to discuss issues that women may encounter during their degrees. It holds weekly ‘Sip and Solve’ meetings with tea and cake, and other events such as socials and talks. It is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and has a wide mix of people at its events. You can find out more about the society on their Facebook page.

It All Adds Up: Celebrating Women Across the Mathematical Sciences

In 2015, the London Mathematical Society's annual Women in Maths day was expanded to four days, as part of the LMS 150th anniversary celebrations, with two days for school students and two days for university mathematicians.

If you missed the conference, don't worry. You can see photos, video, and slides from the conference below.

It All Adds Up

Alumni Stories

Ella Kaye

Ella Kaye

Ella was an undergraduate student in Mathematics and Philosophy between 2001-2005.


Samiha Ismail

Samiha studied the four-year MMath course in Mathematics and Statistics at Oxford from 2009--2013.

Barbara Forrai (née Lockwood)

Barbara Forrai

Barbara studied Maths as an undergraduate at Somerville College, coming up to Oxford in 1946.


In the first year, we ensure that at least six of the first-year lecturers are women. In later years the number of female lecturers you have will vary, depending on the options you take. 

We were delighted when two of our lecturers were awarded top teaching prizes. Vicky Neale (who lectures the first year course on Groups and Group Actions) won the 2015 OUSU Most Acclaimed Lecturer award in the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences division. Cath Wilkins (who lectures first year Introductory Calculus) won the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award, given by the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division. 

Women at Oxford

The Mathematical Institute is committed to increasing the proportion of women in mathematics: from outreach to school students, to the Mirzakhani Society for undergraduates, to Mathematrix lunches for female postgraduates and postdocs. Wherever you are in your career in mathematics we hope you can join us in pushing forward the frontiers of mathematics.