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People & Culture

Vision statement

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine attracts students and staff from across the world, from different backgrounds and lived experience.

In line with the King’s Vision 2029, in FoLSM, we are striving to build an inclusive community where our students, staff and visitors feel welcomed and valued and where people’s experiences and outcomes are equitable across groups. As a faculty dedicated to delivering world leading education and research in the biomedical and health sciences, we have a responsibility to ensure that our work is accessible and benefits all societal groups in the UK and globally.

Education inclusion statement

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(Link to People and Culture strategy when available)

DDI team and governance structure

Our Diversity, Development & Inclusion Team comprises a core team and a committee made up of DDI leads for each school and representatives from research and technical staff. Our work applies equality, diversity and inclusion principles including an intersectional approach to understanding people’s experiences across the nine protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation).

DDI Committee Leads

Current priorities

As we develop our new People and Culture strategy (launch 2023/2024), we remain committed to our current priorities to:

  • Increase the diversity of our staff population to better reflect our diverse student body;
  • Eliminate inequalities in student experience and outcomes observed across different student groups;
  • Build knowledge, understanding and advocacy within our staff and student community of the importance of respect, inclusion and equity;
  • Reduce experiences of bullying and harassment.  


Athena Swan

Athena SWAN Silver Award logo

Athena Swan Charter is a framework used to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE). When it was launched in 2005, it focussed on advancing the careers of women in science, in particular aiming to improve the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in higher education. The Charter now works to progress gender equality more broadly and covers work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The College holds a silver institutional award and departments within the Faculty have held Athena Swan awards since 2014; in 2018, the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine was recognised with a Faculty Athena SWAN Silver award as recognition of our ongoing commitment to achieving gender equality and an inclusive environment.

Race Equality Charter

advance he race equality charter bronze award logo

While Race Equality Charter awards are only awarded at institutional level, we are working on our race equality activity within the Faculty.  We own a number of actions within the College’s Race Equality Action Plan, particularly focussing on improving inclusive leadership of our senior leadership teams and profile-raising events for Black staff and alumni. There is more we need to do to drive race equality across our community and we are committed to make strong progress.

Our work

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DDI core team



Contact the FoLSM DDI Core Team