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Equality, diversity & inclusion

The goal of the Department of Physics is to provide an environment where everyone can feel at home and prosper. We are actively working to follow best practice on diversity issues and ensure everyone has the support and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.

Diversity is crucial for enabling world leading research, impact and teaching. Working alongside people with different experiences and perspectives encourages innovation and creativity. It brings exposure to a breadth of knowledge, working styles and techniques, and it prompts us to develop ideas and consider decisions from multiple points of view. Furthermore, if certain groups are under-represented in our Department, this means the talent pool we are drawing from is not as broad as it should be.

The Department of Physics sits within the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences, meaning we take a collective approach to Equality and Diversity. This is promoted through the Faculty’s Equality and Diversity Champion and the Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee. The Department Equality and Diversity Committee (DEDC) in the Department of Physics is a sub-committee of the Faculty's Equality and Diversity committee.

Ensuring an inclusive and supportive working and learning environment is a key part of the Department of Physics' equality and diversity strategy, and core to King's Strategic Vision for 2029. We are actively working to achieve these aspirations.

Departmental Equality & Diversity Committee members

Chair of the Department Equality & Diversity Committee

Dr Jeanne Wilson

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct page includes links to definitions, policies, guidance, support, training and reporting mechanisms. If you experience or witness an incident in violation of this code of conduct, if possible, first discuss it with those involved or a trusted colleague.

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Project Juno and Athena Swan

The Institute of Physics (IOP) runs the Project Juno scheme which aims to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men. The Department of Physics is delighted to have been awarded Juno Champion status in January 2019. We also engage with the Athena Swan charter framework and are proud to have been awarded the Departmental Silver Award in November 2019.

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KCL Womxn in Physics

The KCL Womxn in Physics Society was founded in 2015, by a second year undergraduate who wanted to address the issue of under-representation of women and non binary people in the physics department at King's College London. Since then, it has become an official KCLSU ratified student society, hosted the first Women in Physics London Conference, and run workshops to build a sense of community in the department.

The society aims to act as a safe space for all minorities in the field of physics, promoting an inclusive and supportive environment through a range of social, educational and academic events.

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Women in Science

The Department of Physics is working to assess, address and challenge the inequities women face in their academic careers as part of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences' (NMES) Women in Science Initiative.

Featured in the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences' Women in Science Week Physics Research Showcase- 13 October 2021

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