Equality and diversity

The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to working towards full equality of opportunity both in our own organisation, practices and work, and in the wider academic workforce.

Our commitment applies to every sphere of Academy activity. We strive to ensure that no individual or group is treated more or less favourably than others on the grounds of ethnicity, age, disability, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

We are serious about learning both from our successes and our failures, and believe that transparency is key for sector-wide improvement. We therefore publish an openly available annual diversity report spanning all our activities. Learn more about our approach in this short video and accompanying blog, based on a talk we gave for the Association of Medical Research Charities.


In 2018 we were awarded the Royal Society's biannual Athena Prize celebrating those who have contributed most to the advancement of diversity within their scientific communities. This recognised our work to increase gender balance in the media. Motivated by the lack of female experts in the media, we developed a unique, hands-on media training programme which includes access to long-term support and media opportunities - read more.

If you would like to comment or give us feedback, please contact Nick Hillier, Director of Communications, at nick.hillier@acmedsci.ac.uk. We will always listen with an openness and willingness to learn how to do things better.

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