Gender Equality & Athena SWAN
Athena SWAN is a charter which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality. Over the past decade, the principal focus of Athena SWAN has been on the progression of women academics and researchers in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
In 2015, Athena SWAN broadened its reach to cover gender equality (rather than specifically the progression of women) across STEMM, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and women in professional services. Athena SWAN encourages institutions to reflect and act upon issues of gender equality for staff and students. The charter encourages applications from Departments, Divisions, Schools, Faculties, and Institutions.
King's has adopted the Athena self-assessment framework as a rigourous and transparent means of understanding and progressing gender equality across the institution. In 2016, King's commitment to gender equality was recognised with a Bronze Award; many departments and faculties across the institution hold their own Athena awards, in recognition of local progress towards gender equity in Higher Education.