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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Cicely Saunders Institute 

As part of the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, the Cicely Saunders Institute is represented on the Faculty Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The Institute also has its own committee which oversees the equality, diversity and inclusion activity of the department including the Athena SWAN gender equality charter. Through systematic data gathering, we analyse and self-reflect to drive forward change and embed equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do.  

The committee is supported by a range of working groups which focus on particular topics and issues that are important to the Institute. These include:

  • Wellbeing
  • Fixed-term contracts
  • Maternity 
  • MSc 

Athena Swan 

The Athena SWAN Charter for women in science was launched in 2005 to initially advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in higher education. 

The Athena SWAN charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, we:   

  1. Acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all. 
  2. Commit to advancing gender equality in academia. 
  3. Commit to addressing unequal gender representation. 
  4. Commit to tackling the gender pay gap. 
  5. Commit to removing the obstacles faced by women. 
  6. Commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts. 
  7. Commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people. 
  8. Acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation. 
  9. Commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality. 
  10. Commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible. 

King’s College London has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2007 and in 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly. The Charter now recognises work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. 

The Cicely Saunders Institute was awarded silver in October 2016.  

Palliative Care Athena SWAN Network 

On the 3rd March 2020, as part of a programme of events at the Cicely Saunders Institute linked to International Women’s day, we launched the Palliative Care Athena Swan Network. The network aims to bring together palliative care research units within the UK to support each other in achieving the 10 Athena Swan principles.  

If you are working in a palliative care research department in the UK and are interested in joining the network, please get in touch via twitter (@swan_care) or email (  


Since 2019 we have participated in the King’s Health Partner’s Summer School. The summer school is an opportunity for year 10 and 11 students from local schools to work alongside world leading research scientists. The programme gives the students insight into careers and work within research with an aim to encourage widening participation and access to higher education. 

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