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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Following our successful Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2019, we are now working as a Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to ensure our four-year action plan is implemented. Yet we are keen to work beyond gender equality around others axes of diversity and inclusion.

In line with King’s wider equality, diversity and inclusion statement, the Department of Geography is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all of our students, staff and visitors.

> To nurture a collegial, mutually supportive and committed culture among staff, students and visitors.

> To provide and promote an environment in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment.

> To create and sustain a diverse work and learning environment.

> To ensure all students and staff are treated equitably and are not accorded less favourable treatment because of age, marital/civil partnership status, sex, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, religious or political beliefs and transgender status.

> To enhance the work-life balance of all staff in relation to caring responsibilities and other issues affecting well-being.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The aims of our Departmental Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee are for our policies, practices and processes to empower individuals and address any systemic inequalities that may hinder an inclusive and diverse working and learning environment.

The terms of reference for our Departmental Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are as follows:

> To act as a forum for discussing diversity and inclusion policies, practices and priorities, at all levels, and to make recommendations as appropriate.

> To monitor the influence of external policies and reports (and of King's policy) and discuss their influence on diversity and inclusion in the Department, making recommendations as appropriate.

> To adapt and create new diversity and inclusion policies as appropriate.

> To oversee the implementation of relevant action plans (eg Athena SWAN Bronze) to ensure that diversity and inclusion policies are effectively translated into programmes of action at department level.

> To advise the Head of Department on strategic policy developments relating to diversity and inclusion, their integration into the Department’s overall strategic plans and on their implementation.

> To establish project groups as required to investigate, report on and implement work on specific dimensions of diversity and inclusion issues.

> To ensure diversity and inclusion policies and procedures are effectively disseminated and promoted in the department.

> To maintain appropriate consultation and communication routes with all relevant committees and groups in the Department, University and with external bodies.

> To provide a central repository for information, monitor data and provide guidance.


Find out more about King's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Working with our students

We have been working with undergraduate and postgraduate students to enhance equality, diversity and inclusion within Geography.

Our EDI Committee, for example, has already taken on board several of the recommendations set out in the policy brief created using Geography BA graduate, Haleemah Shafait's dissertation research on Muslim student experiences.

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Reflecting on Geography’s Athena SWAN Bronze award

Geography received a Bronze award at the first attempt. Professor Cathy McIlwaine and Sabrina Fernandez reflect on the self-assessment process.


Geography awarded Bronze Athena SWAN for gender equality

The bronze Athena SWAN recognises that the Department of Geography has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. This includes representation, progression and success for all.