Diversity is crucial for enabling world leading teaching and research. Working alongside people with different experiences and perspectives encourages innovation and creativity. It brings exposure to a breadth of knowledge, working styles and techniques and it prompts us to develop ideas and consider decisions from multiple points of view.
We are committed to embedding inclusivity within the culture of the Department of Chemistry as it is essential that all staff and students have a supportive learning and working environment. Our committment to diversity and inclusion is mirrored in King's Strategic Vision for 2029.
What we are doing
The Department of Chemistry is proud of the achievements it has made since its reopening in 2012. For example, in 2016-2017 the Department of Chemistry achieved gender parity among its academic, research and teaching staff, and the proportion of female students on undergraduate courses was approximately 60%, compared to a UK benchmark value of approximately 43%.
The Department has also been very supportive of female staff applying for internal promotions, has links to the King's parents and carers' network, and has a new community for postdoctoral researchers to help them with career development.
Our Department Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee oversees all of our activities and feeds into the Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee.
Women in Science
The Department of Chemistry is proud to be an equal opportunities workplace. Gender balance and equal opportunities are closely monitored as part of the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences’ Women in Science Initiative. We have created a fair and inclusive environment for all staff and students, so that everyone has available to them the support and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.