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26 May 2021

King's Director appointed to chair national gender equality panel

Sarah Guerra, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will chair one of the UK panels implementing the Athena SWAN Charter.


Sarah Guerra, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at King’s College London has been appointed by Advance HE to chair one of the UK panels implementing the Athena SWAN Charter – which is designed to promote gender equality in representation and progression of both staff and students within higher education and research.

Advance HE members can apply for institutional and departmental Athena SWAN awards that recognise their specific gender equality efforts. As a world-leading university dedicated to academic, educational and research excellence, King’s commitment to enhancing gender equality and equality diversity and inclusion overall are central to the university’s mission and the university has adopted the AdvanceHE Athena Swan self-assessment framework as part of its EDI strategy.

Athena Swan provides a well recognsied HE wide, rigorous and transparent means of understanding and progressing gender equality across the university. King's commitment to gender equality has long been recognised and we have held a Bronze award since 2008, in recognition of our aspirations towards gender equality in Higher Education. Since then, eight Bronze and six Silver awards have been awarded at departmental and faculty level, as well as a university Bronze renewal in 2016. The university is awaiting the results of its submission for Silver Award which should be received later this year.

As Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at King’s, Sarah spearheads the university’s strategic vision and implementation plans on equality, diversity and inclusion for the entire King’s community. Working with King’s leadership in partnership across the whole university, she instigates and oversees the university’s strategic projects to ensure continued improvements and recognition to fully realise the university’s ambitions to achieve gender equality and equity.

I am thrilled to be selected to chair an Athena Swan review panel. At King’s we are committed to creating a culture in which all our staff, students and partners are equally valued and empowered to reach their full potential. Everyone has the right to work in a supportive environment, free from discrimination and inequality and participating in Athena Swan is one of the ways to enable this. I am proud to support Advance HE and the higher education sector more widely s to ensure that people of all genders are able to progress and succeed in every discipline and role.

Sarah Guerra, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Find out more about our work on gender equality as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as the newly released AdvanceHE strategy.