Diversity & Inclusion at the IoPPN
London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) seeks to reflect that in our staff and students.
Across the UK, the majority of academic staff are male, with women and BME staff being starkly under-represented in senior positions. Within the IoPPN, women are under-represented at professor level (30%), however, the proportion of women in reader positions has increased (from 31% in 2010-11 to 56% in 2012-13), and many programmes have been started to increase diversity among staff.
Who are we?
The IoPPN Diversity & Inclusion team began as a part of the Athena Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) charter, an Equality Challenge Unit charter to assess, address and challenge inequalities women face within the workplace. The IoPPN Women in Science project was developed in 2012 and in 2014 the IoPPN was awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award.
Athena SWAN has since expanded to include professional services staff, trans staff and students, and to consider intersectionality. In keeping with this expansion, KCL has recently applied for and received a Bronze Race Equality Charter Mark Award.
In order to look at diversity as a whole, we are now the Diversity & Inclusion team; committed to discussing, implementing, promoting and monitoring strategies aimed at improving the working environment for all staff and students across the IoPPN.
Following a staff survey in 2013, many changes have been instituted to create a more balanced and diverse environment. “We learnt how we could improve recruitment, induction, mentoring, promotion and communication; and that any change would require grassroots engagement, resources, leadership and clear deliverables” (Professor Shitij Kapur, Executive Dean and Head of IoPPN, 2014).
What do we do?
D&I has been changing various aspects of the IoPPN culture to be more inclusive. In the past years, we have:
- Been instrumental in changing policies and transparency regarding promotions
- Provided multiple workshops and training programmes for staff/women
- Initiated induction and mentoring programmes
- Refurbished a Mothering Room on the Denmark Hill campus, and is planning to create an additional Mothering Room at the Weston Education Centre
- Presented an exhibition on women professors entitled ‘Inspiring Women’
- We continue to collect data on diversity within staff (at all levels) and student populations.
Check back on this page for updates on future projects.