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About Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN: Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.


The Athena SWAN Charter for women in science was launched in 2005 to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering maths and medicine (STEMM). The Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter are managed by the Equality Challenge Unit, and are designed to transform race and gender equality in Higher Education.

Over half of all higher education institutions active in STEMM subject areas are members of the Athena SWAN charter. King’s has held a Bronze institutional award since 2008 and in April 2014 the Division of Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute was awarded a divisional Bronze Award.  In November 2015 and April 2016 the Division applied for a Silver Award, which was awarded in October 2016.

Palliative Care is relevant to everyone in society,  We are a multiprofessional specialty in which teams of doctors, nurses, psychosocial workers and other healthcare professionals work together to deliver the best possible care to patients with life-limiting illness irrespective of race, gender, disability, sexuality, age or social class.

This open and transparent way of working in multiprofessional teams mirrors our organisational style within the academic setting.  We are committed to creating and maintaining a fair and equitable environment where everyone can succeed. 

Our research includes the needs of the very elderly, diverse cultural groups, LGBT* and excluded groups, and gives our division a distinctive insight into the lack of transparency, and the institutional and societal barriers and gendered leadership cultures that affect the progression of women and other under-represented groups.

As a WHO Centre for Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation we also work to address issues of equality and diversity on the global stage.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN Steering Group 

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