13th - 17th November is national Anti Bullying Week, which this year takes on the theme ‘All Different, All Equal’, encouraging us to reflect on how we can create an on-campus environment where we all feel welcomed, valued and able to bring our whole selves to university without fear of bullying or harassment.
To a great extent, this year’s theme is a celebratory one, encouraging us to explore, enjoy and value our different identities and gain a better appreciation of our different experiences. By happy coincidence, KCLSU’s One World Week is also taking place this week, with a programme of student-led events celebrating cultural diversity.
Although Anti Bullying Week and KCLSU One World Week may use these few days to showcase the richness of our varied identities and experiences, they are effectively just a reminder of the mind-set needed all year round for each one of us to thrive.
Everyone has the right to participate fully in university life without fear of any form of intimidation and the University takes any such claims very seriously. If you are concerned that you are experiencing bullying or harassment in any form, on-campus or off, you do not have to tolerate it and there are a number of sources of support available to you:
- The It Stops Here portal is designed to help students raise any concerns they have about harassment, bullying or discrimination on campus and off. You can lodge an anonymous report, make a formal complaint, book a 45 minute confidential appointment with a Harassment Advisor, and learn more about supporting a friend who has experienced sexual violence.
- The KCLSU Advice Service is there to offer confidential and impartial advice to students on a range of pastoral issues, including bullying and harassment
- The Chaplaincy and peer supporters are available on campus to lend a listening ear and offer emotional support
- The Counselling Service is also there if you feel that you have been impacted by your experiences and would like to explore this in a safe and confidential setting
- If you are experiencing bullying and harassment in residences, you can also speak to your warden
- If you are feeling uncomfortable in your lectures or seminars, you can discuss this with your personal tutor
- Samaritans – available for emotional support over the phone 24 hours a day on 116 123 and also offer drop-ins at their London offices
- Nightline - 020 7631 0101, 6pm-8am every day during term time
- In the case that you feel your safety is at imminent risk, call 999
If you are looking for personal development opportunities at King’s to help build a community of support and enhance your own knowledge and skills, you might find the following useful:
King’s Wellbeing workshops
Performance Athlete and student Mattho also tells us what Anti-Bullying Week means to him and why he’s keen to get involved.
KCLSU President Momin Saqib was keen to talk to us for Anti-Bullying Week and shared his thoughts on celebrating difference
Senior Lecturer Jane Henderson give us her perspective on creating diversity as an institution.
Performance Athlete and student Mattho tells us his power for good.
KCLSU President Momin Saqib tells us his power for good.
Student Minds Look After Your Mate workshop
- This workshop is designed to help you develop an awareness of ways to support a friend through mental health difficulties, know how to signpost to professional support and take care of yourself at the same time.
Diversity and Inclusion Events and Training
KCLSU Inclusion Workshops
- Delivered with a focus on inclusive leadership, for committee position holders and anyone else looking to develop as a leader
- Available to all new students to the University and also on KEATS
Do join us throughout this week on Twitter and Facebook, for interviews, video shorts and articles around the ‘All Different, All Equal’ theme. We will also be taking time to reflect on last year’s theme of ‘Power for Good’; identifying the power that we hold and how we can harness it to empower ourselves and each other.