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Happy International Women’s Day 2024!

Nancy Pontika, Wednesday 20 Mar 2024

KMi’s excellence in research and innovation would not be possible without the extraordinary women working and studying here. We invited the women of KMi to be featured in this update of our annual commemorative poster.

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is “Inspire Inclusion”. Inclusivity is a guiding principle in everything we do, and we believe that world-leading research is impossible outside of an inclusive and diverse environment. We take great pride in being an open and welcoming lab, and we are constantly working to improve and ensure that everyone has the space to flourish here.

We are one of a handful of computer science units with Athena Swan Silver awards. This award, received in 2022, recognises the positive impacts of our actions over the past five years to tackle gender inclusivity head on, and motivates us to continue our journey towards a Gold award, and beyond. Some of the many highlights of KMi’s gender equality work in the past five years have included:

  • An increased percentage of women, and diversity of women, among our students, our academic staff and our professional and support staff
  • Gender balance in our Promotions, our recruitment of PhD students, and our allocation of leadership roles within KMi

KMi’s engagement with the Athena Swan charter has been an important opportunity for us to reflect on our practices and strengthen our commitment to equal opportunities for all, and to establish a shared vision aligned to the Athena Swan charter and embedded into our practices and procedures.

You can download an anonymised copy of our Silver Submission as a pdf here: KMi Athena Swan Silver Report and also see the status of our Athena Swan actions here: KMi Athena Swan Action Plan.

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