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.
In 2015, the IoPPN achieved the Athena SWAN Silver Award. 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 good diversity and inclusion practice into all of its activities so that the university becomes a richer and more diverse place to work and study. Currently the following staff networks and interest groups are active at the university: Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network, King's LGBT Society, LGBT Staff and the Women's Network
The Centre for Developmental Neurobiology is committed to and fully supports the initiatives promoted by King's College London.