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29 November 2023

King's Business School awarded Athena SWAN gender equality and diversity charter mark

Award celebrates the School’s efforts to promote and recognize gender equality and diversity

Group cheering at International Womens Day Event in March 2023

King’s Business School has achieved Athena SWAN bronze status, marking the School’s efforts towards promoting, rewarding and recognizing gender equality diversity and inclusion across the faculty.

Athena SWAN is an equality charter mark framework and accreditation scheme that recognises the efforts that higher education institutions undertake towards the advancement of gender equality. The award captures work already done, and crucially also steers institutions in addressing specific priorities in the future.

King’s Business School’s future action plan, led by Dr Madeleine Wyatt, Associate Dean, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, aims to target six priority areas across its education and research activities and in its staffing over the next three years.

The plan includes embedding diversity and inclusion into both academic and professional service staff job roles, increasing intersectional representation in staffing through recruitment campaigns and the redesign of the interview process. The School also aims to increase gender diversity at Head of Department level.

For students, the plan includes equalising gender balance in enrollments within individual undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and increasing wellbeing support for postgraduate research students. The School also proposes further steps to diversify and decolonise the curriculum to include a wider range of case studies and readings, particularly from female authors and researchers from the ‘global south’.

Achieving the Athena SWAN Bronze Award highlights our dedication to embracing diversity and intersectionality. This recognition marks a significant step in our work to ensure our business school provides an inclusive and vibrant environment for staff and students.

Dr Madeleine Wyatt, Associate Dean, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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