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Diversity & Inclusion Work

King's is committed to ensuring a positive environment across all aspects of our community, and we recognise this commitment to diversity through the variety of activity we offer to our employer partners who embrace diversity, inclusion, equity and internationalisation in their recruitment.


Our Diverse Students

The case for a diverse workforce is clear (WEF, 2019). We understand that social mobility, increasing diversity and inclusive practices are rightly at the top of many organisations' agendas, and have forged strong partnerships with a range of employers to this effect, running innovative programmes and events which enable you to positively break down the barriers that some of our students continue to face.

Our whole team is committed to continuous and intelligent thinking on these areas, working with organisations to enhance your ability to reach with talented students from a range of backgrounds and plan your strategy.

We know there's always more we can and should be doing to increase access to professions across a range of diversity characteristics, and are keen to hear from organisations who may have a particular initiative or programme they might wish to partner with us on.

Our Diversity Initiatives

Our Careers+ programme is a Careers & Employability-wide initiative providing a wide range of support to undergraduate students from under-represented groups and we have a dedicated Widening Participation Careers Consultant.

Together with supporting a range of workshops, panels and employer opportunities we have been fortunate to host students on micro-internships across internal departments at King's working on critical projects, idea generation and large-scale mock assessment centres.

We've also recently rebuilt our wider King's Internships programming with a dedicated strand of support focused on 'confidence-building' for students across a range of under-represented groups to undertake meaningful work opportunities in the UK, internationally and online.

Our Spotlight on Inclusion events held throughout the year enable our students to hear the personal career journeys of alumni and individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and heritage with a particular focus upon spotlighting the stories of individuals across global majority groups.

We're also proud to work with a variety of partners and organisations including Creative Access, Rare Recruitment and the Civil Service Fast Stream to develop inclusive opportunities for students from all black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Our King's Internships programming is designed with a focus on 'access' and 'career decision-making' for students across a range of diverse groups to undertake meaningful work opportunities in the UK, internationally and online.

Since 2018 we have run Advance, an internship scheme specifically aimed at students with a disability partnering with organisations including Roche, NatWest, Orion Books and The Wellcome Trust.

This scheme, with support from our Disability & Inclusion team provides a number of students bespoke Easter or summer internships which are enhanced by a range of workshops and training covering disclosure, workplace adaptations and confidence-building and was, in 2019, featured in the Demos/Lord Shinkwin report Able to Excel as an example of good practice within the HE careers sector.

DEMOS/Lord Shinkwin 'Able to Excel' Report (pdf)

We run an annual Female Networking Night and work hard to advertise many opportunities seeking female or male talent recognising that different sectors struggle with gender diversity in different ways. Since 2018, we've hosted annual events around International Women's Day, including a now annual Women in Finance Networking Night which has attracted over 50 female role-models across the financial services sectors to meet with students from King's Business School and other faculties.

Our Spotlight on Inclusion events held throughout the year enable our students to hear the personal career journeys of alumni and individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and heritage.

We have recently hosted a panel as part of our Discover Careers series focusing on the positive practices many employers are undertaking as LGBTQ+ friendly employers.

In 2018 we were delighted to partner with Stonewall and King's Diversity & Inclusion to launch the latest version of Stonewall's "Starting Out" Guide showcasing the most LGBT-friendly employers across the UK.