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King’s Careers & Employability are fully committed to supporting, empowering and levelling the playing field for our students, research staff and graduates from all backgrounds and communities. We work specifically to address the sector-wide and institutional factors and barriers that contribute to differences in progression amongst students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented backgrounds.

Careers+ provides bespoke support to students and graduates that fall into the groups below.

Who can engage with Careers+?

You are from an ethnic or racial minority heritage background, including Gypsy or Roma heritage.

You receive the King's Living Bursary or means-tested NHS bursary

You have a visible or invisible disability, including neurodiverse and mental health conditions.

You have experience of the care system, have been a young carer, are estranged from your family, or are a refugee or asylum seeker.

You are the first in your family to go to university.

You were older than 21 when starting your first degree.

You have taken part in Realising Opportunities, K+, IntoUniversity, a Sutton Trust Summer School, or are on the Extended Medical Degree Programme or the Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme


How to Access Careers+

To access the Careers+ programme, you will need to complete a short registration form on King's CareerConnect. You will find this registration form in the 'Forms' section of your King's CareerConnect homepage.

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What additional support is included?

These longer, 30-minute appointments with our Widening Participation Careers Consultants, can help you discover what you want to do, help you focus your current ideas or put your plans into action. These appointments are bookable two weeks in advance and delivered either remotely via MS Teams or in person at our Strand Careers Centre in Bush House.

Visit King's CareerConnect to book Careers+ appointments

The Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) grants students funding to undertake educational projects or initiatives and help transform their future career and study aspirations. The Student Opportunity Fund has ringfenced 20% of the funding specifically for Black students (including from Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other and Black Mixed backgrounds); this positive action has been employed to address the specific disadvantages Black graduates face including the awarding gap and in graduate outcomes. In doing so, we are striving towards levelling the playing field across the different demographics, as students move from university into their careers.

Find out more about the Student Opportunity Fund

This programme aims to connect first year students (mentees) with those in their second year and beyond (mentors) to help them begin to think about their careers and put together a plan of action. The Careers Mentoring Programme is specifically for students from under-represented backgrounds and seeks to also help them feel a sense of community and belonging whilst they consider their career aspirations.

Discover more about our Careers Mentoring Programme on KEATS

Our Careers & Employability KEATS page contains a section of resources dedicated to learners from underrepresented groups in higher education and groups who may need additional support in their career journey.

Explore our resources for underrepresented groups

As a minority, I felt intimidated and directionless even thinking about careers considering the fierce competition and systemic biases that are unfortunately still pervasive. Careers+ was a transformative tool in reshaping my perception of my careers journey by equipping me with the skills, support and confidence to even get started. The programme really puts the individual needs and welfare of each student at the centre of everything they do.

Fatima Malik, Careers+ Student (English BA)

Get in Touch

If you experience any barriers to engaging with us or you would like to discuss any matters relating to diversity and inclusion, get in touch.

+44 (0)20 7848 7134

BH(SE) 5.15, Bush House South East Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1AE