In line with King’s wider equality, diversity and inclusion statement, the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all our students, staff and visitors.
The School DDI Committee works with the Faculty DDI Committee to lead, support and monitor DDI initiatives across the School.
The Committee comprises a diverse group of individuals representing academic, research, technical and professional staff from the School and is committed to ensure that the values of equality, inclusion, support and transparency are central to the School practice, policies and processes.
In line with the Faculty DDI priorities, the School DDI Committee is currently focusing on tackling:
Our vision is that our rich diversity is reflected across our spectrum of disciplines and roles; that the values of equality, inclusion, support and transparency are central to our practice, policies and processes, so that all staff and students are able to contribute fully and so that we collectively harness our cognitive diversity to drive forward innovation in our education and research, and achieve lasting cultural change.
- Two training courses offered specifically for King’s staff, each course including unconscious bias training to further understanding of diversity & inclusion
- Diversity matters is new & includes elements of the unconscious bias & inclusive working courses
- Practice interviews, application help & grant writing support
- Mental health & disability support
- Family including carer’s & parents network
- Harassment & bullying support
- Expanding mentoring programmes to all junior academics & professional services staff
- Organise a School DDI survey to identify priorities
- Promote activities to expand & support BAME students & staff in the School
- Actively address bullying & harassment behaviour by promoting a zero-tolerance policy within the School & ensuring all staff & students attend relevant training, are familiar with policies & procedures & can easily access resources for support.
- Contributed to successful application for Faculty’s Athena SWAN Silver Award in 2018
- Run pilot School mentoring scheme for early career researchers in 2019-2020
- Setup the School Early Career Researcher Network
- Introduced DDI information in School inductions for students & staff
Development, Diversity and Inclusion is of utmost importance for our School as collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. It is through mutual respect and understanding that we can make meaningful connections with one another so that together we can really tap into our strengths with a united front. This is how we ensure successful development of healthcare technologies that will make a true impact.
Professor Sebastien Ourselin, Head of School