Diversity & Inclusion

The Athena SWAN charter was launched in 2005 to recognise commitment of institutions that promote and advance careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in academia. King's College London was awarded a bronze award in 2008 and was renewed in April 2013 for a further three years.

In 2011, the UK Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, wrote to medical schools to inform them that future Biomedical Research Centre/Unit funding was unlikely to be given where the academic partner did not hold at least a Silver Athena SWAN Women in Science award.

Researcher working in lab

In 2015, the IoPPN achieved the Athena SWAN Silver Award which was renewed in 2020. The Self-Assessment Team's principal responsibility was to guide the IoPPN in its preparation and submission of an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The SAT has a diverse membership of male and female academics, research staff and professional services staff with a representative from each academic Department. The group discusses, implements, promotes and monitors School-level objectives and strategies aimed at improving the working environment for female academics.

King's College London is committed to embedding best practice into all of its activities so that the university becomes a richer and more diverse place for work and study. The D&I Teams at King's are integral to this commitment and ensure that the university not only fulfils its legal obligations in regard to equality and anti-discrimination law but goes far beyond this through programmes of positive action and celebration. King's values and supports the participation and success of all of our individuals and their families, regardless of age, race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, trans and gender identity, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, maternity, pregnancy and parenting.

The Centre for Developmental Neurobiology is committed to and fully supports the initiatives promoted by King's College London, more details of this, including the King’s and KCLSU Joint Statement on Freedom of Expression can be found on the King's Diversity, Inclusivity and Freedom of Expression website.

Current Centre profile (17th April 2021)

  • Number of staff - 164
  • Overall sex ratio (M:F) - 0.84 NB 2020 National figure (all sectors)* was 1.13
  • Workforce - 54.4% female
  • Nationalities - 27
HESA report annually on UK Higher Education sector employment if you wish to compare these figures to sector averages.
Data on sexuality, gender identity, pay gap etc are not currently collected by the centre, but are monitored centrally by King's. The use of M/F categories for these statistics is in the interests of monitoring equality of opportunity rather than a reflection of present gender.

*Source: Office for National Statistics dataset A05 SA: Employment, unemployment and economic inactivity by age group (seasonally adjusted)