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D&I for Students

Our services for students

We provide a range of services, support and activities for students at King's. 

Advice and support if you’ve experienced harassment, bullying or discrimination

If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment, bullying or discrimination in any form by a member of staff or other students, you should not feel that you have to tolerate it.

Regardless of whether it has taken place on campus, in residences, union spaces or outside the university, staff at King's are able to provide support and advice.

Read our online pages for guidance on how to report an incident. You are strongly encouraged to talk to someone at the university, such as one of our trained harassment advisors, who will be able to explore these options with you and provide support.

You can also use our raising concerns form to arrange an appointment to speak to one of our harassment advisors

Diversity and Inclusion training and workshops 

As part of the It Stops Here campaign, we our student ambassadors are delivering training to raise awareness and equip students with the skills to challenge and address sexual harassment. These are available for student societies and departments who have taken the pledge. Find out more on the website

Some departments are currently piloting Unconscious Bias training with their students. We are working with them to measure the impact and consider how we can roll it out across the institution in the future. 

Personal and professional development for underrepresented students

We've just launched our first mentoring scheme for students.

The Open Doors Mentoring Scheme has been launched in each faculty to help support Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) undergraduate students and enhance opportunities for success. The scheme was developed to help reduce the BME attainment gap and increase the visibility of our BME academic and teaching staff. 

Find out more about scheme and sign up now. 

Awareness campaigns

It Stops Here is a collaborative campaign by King's College London and KCLSU asking everyone in the King's community to come together and say sexual harassment is never acceptable.

With more than a third of women reporting that they have suffered unwelcome advances in the form of groping and touching (NUS, 2014), concerns about the normalisation of sexism and sexual harassment have been raised at university campuses across the country.

We want to raise awareness about what sexual harassment is and its impacts, improve support and reporting procedures for survivors, and encourage everyone to challenge sexist behaviour or language whenever they see it.

Take the pledge now and find out more about what you can do to say It Stops Here

Educational events and activities 

Our student ambassadors organise events and activities throughout the year. They work collaboratively with KCLSU officers and societies to raise awareness and engage students on key issues impacting students.

Check out what events are coming up.

Projects and displays to promote the success of our staff and students

The Meet the Professors photographic frieze and website showcases the inspiring journeys and careers of female professors at King's. 

The Open Doors Project and visual display celebrates the achievements of our Black & Minority Ethnic Staff and Students. 

Student ambassadors to lead campaigns and support student groups

We recruit Diversity & Inclusion student ambassadors to help design and lead our campaigns, support student groups and deliver workshops.

Find out who is on our team this year and how to apply in the future. 

 

Support for underrepresented students

Under the Equality Act (2010), all organisations are required to give ‘due regard’ to its equalities duty, namely to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations within its community. It is unlawful to discriminate against people with a ‘ protected characteristic’.

Additionally, in common law, a university has a general duty to act reasonably to protect the health, safety and welfare of its students, with an enhanced duty to protect the welfare of individuals recognised to be more vulnerable to harm (such as anyone living with mental health difficulties, or minority groups who may be vulnerable to harassment).

King's offers an array of support for students from underrepresented or vulnerable groups, listed below. 

Mature students

Academic support

Depending on their education background and the time since they last studied, mature students might benefit from accessing  the range of support offered at King's to refresh their academic writing, maths, IT and general study skills.

Accommodation

Accommodation: options for accommodation as a mature student living with/without family members can be found on the  Widening Participation webpages.

Funding

Mature students might be more vulnerable to financial pressures. They can  contact Student Advice to explore funding options, including bursaries and hardship funds.

Student parents

There is a dedicated section of the Intranet for student parents, overseen by Student Advice.

Graduate peer supporters

Peer-to-peer emotional, mental and physical health support for UG and PGT students. Students can  get in touch via email or visit the group's  Facebook page.

Careers and employability

Find out what is available you by  meeting with a Careers Consultant.

KCLSU Liberation Associations

KCLSU Liberation Associations can be a useful 'way in' to the Students' Union for students who are unsure how to get involved.

The new (from September 2016) Widening Participation Association defines the remit of WP as including, but not being limited to:

  • Young people from low-income backgrounds

  • Young people from low-participation neighbourhoods (where very few people go on to higher education)

  • Young people whose parents did not go to university

  • Young people in or leaving care

  • Those returning to learning as mature students.

All students can contact relevant members of  KCLSU Student Council about their experience and representation at King’s. For mature students, relevant officers might include the Mature Students’ Officer, Widening Participation Officer and Postgraduate Taught Officer.

KCLSU societies

Graduate & Mature Society

All societies, organised by theme - such as "Academic", "Common interest" and "Volunteering"

Disabled students

Disability Advisory Service

The Disability Advisory Service offers information, advice and guidance to current and prospective disabled students about support that may help them to engage with their studies. When we refer to the term “disability” we also include long-term medical or mental health conditions and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).  

Money and housing advice

Disabled students might be more vulnerable to financial or housing difficulties. You can  attend drop-in sessions or make an appointment with Student Advice.

Accessibility guides for campuses

View accessibility guides for each campus on the DisabledGo website

 

KCLSU Liberation Associations

KCLSU Liberation Associations can be a useful 'way in' to the Students' Union for students who are unsure how to get involved.

The Disabled Students’ Association:

  • Connects and represents disabled students

  • Understands disabled student issues within their community, and makes decisions on priorities and causes to be championed

  • Leads collective campaigning within King's, the NUS and nationally to bring change and improve the experience for their student community.

KCLSU societies

Disability Awareness Society

Think Mental

Black & Minority Ethnic/People of Colour students

Harassment, bullying and discrimination support

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)/People of Colour students are potentially more vulnerable to racially-motivated bullying or harassment on campus. Find out  from where and whom you can seek help.

Careers and employability

The Careers service’s  Equal Opportunities page lists various 'inclusive opportunity' resources. The following handout lists opportunities especially for POC students.

Open Doors Mentoring Scheme

The Open Doors Mentoring Scheme gives BME undergraduate students the opportunity to be mentored by a BME academic and teaching staff in their faculty. 

Find out more about the scheme and how to sign up on our exclusive website for BME students. 

Open Doors Student ambassadors

Our Open Doors student ambassadors support our campaigns and work with students and societies to address race equality at King’s. We know how challenging university life can be. You can chat to them if you need some support and encouragement along the way. 

KCLSU Liberation Associations

KCLSU Liberation Associations can be a useful 'way in' to the Students' Union for students who are unsure how to get involved.

The People of Colour Association:

  • Connects and represents POC students

  • Understands POC issues within their community, and makes decisions on priorities and causes to be championed

  • Leads collective campaigning within King's, the NUS and nationally to bring change and improve the experience for their student community.

KCLSU Societies

All societies, organised by theme - such as "Culture", "Political" and "Volunteering"

Mental health and wellbeing

The Counselling Service provide a range of services including counselling sessions, groups and workshops, and peer-to-support. Groups and workshops cover a variety of themes and topics. 

The Wellbeing Service offer one-to-one coaching sessions as well as group workshops and courses on all campuses that encourage you to explore your wellbeing and learn useful techniques and skills. They focus on using the King’s Way to Wellbeing as a framework for helping you take a positive and proactive approach to managing your wellbeing.  That means: 

K   –   Keep Moving

I   –   Invest in Relationships

N   –   Never Stop Learning

G   –   Give to Others

S   –   Savour the Moment

LGBT+

Harassment

LGBT+ students are potentially more vulnerable to bullying or harassment on campus. Find out  from where and whom you can seek help.

Gender Neutral Toilets

A map of gender neutral toilet locations is available online. 

Health

All students can register with  King’s NHS Health Centre, which provides a variety of free services including a sexual health clinic.

Mental health and wellbeing

The Counselling Service provide a range of services including counselling sessions, groups and workshops, and peer-to-support. Groups and workshops cover a variety of themes and topics, including LGBT+ specific support. 

The Chaplaincy

Chaplains are  based on all campuses and are available to meet with students of any or no faith who might be struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Careers and employability 

The Careers service’s  Equal Opportunities page lists various 'inclusive opportunity' resources. The following  h andout is specifically for LGBTQ+ students.

KCLSU Liberation Associations

KCLSU Liberation Associations can be a useful 'way in' to the Students' Union for students who are unsure how to get involved.

The  LGBT+ Association:

  • Has two student officers: an 'open' place and a 'trans' place, the latter reserved for a student who identifies as trans, non-binary or gender queer.

  • Works to increasecampus awareness of various LGBT issues, including the increase of gender neutral provisions across the university

  • Understands LGBT issues within their community, and makes decisions on priorities and causes to be championed

  • Leads collective campaigning within King's, the NUS and nationally to bring change and improve the experience for their student community.

KCLSU Societies

King's LGBT+ Society

All, organised by theme - such as "Campaign", "Common interest" and "Volunteering"

External resources

Beaumont

Gendered Intelligence

Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour: resources in Greater London (PDF)

Stonewall

Switchboard

Terrence Higgins Trust

True Vision

 

International students

Academic progress

Depending on your education background and English proficiency, international students might benefit from accessing  the range of support offered at King's to develop their English communication skills, academic writing, maths, IT and general study skills.

Housing and visa advice

Student Advice is a valuable source of support for international students, particularly for help relating to their visas, but also for money and housing enquiries.

International Hardship Fund

Careers and employability

FAQ page for international students

International student visas have strict working restrictions; you should contact  Student Advice if you are unsure about these.

English Language Centre (ELC):  a range of taught courses to develop international students’ communication skills.

KCLSU Liberation Associations

KCLSU Liberation Associations can be a useful 'way in' to the Students' Union for students who are unsure how to get involved.

The  International Students Association:

  • Connects and represents international students.

  • Understands international students issues within their community, and makes decisions on priorities and causes to be championed - such as visa processess and events to help students settle into the UK.

  • Hosting Overseas Students Tandem (HOST) project, aiming to enhance the international student experience and to have a more culturally diverse environment at King’s.

KCLSU Societies

International Students Society

Erasmus Society

All, organised by theme - such as "Academic", "Common interest" and "Culture"

External resources

International Students House

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

Care-experienced students

Support for care leavers

Dedicated care leaver webpages, including pre-entry support. 

Anne-Marie Henderson is King's designated member of staff for all initial care leaver questions. She will be able to put you in touch with the right service and will be on hand to talk to throughout your time at King's. 

Email:  anne-marie.henderson@kcl.ac.uk 

Telephone: 020 7848 3948.

Accommmodation

All care leavers are offered 52-week let accommodation (so all year round). Students should  contact King's Residences.

Funding

Care-experienced students are eligible for a number of bursaries. Find out more in the  "financial support" section of the care-leaver webpages.

Advice and support

If a care-experienced student discloses their status to King's, then they will be prioritised support from  Student Advice, and can request to work with a single advisor.

The  College Senior Tutor is an additional source of support for care-experienced students outside their academic department.

Careers and employability

The Careers service has a  dedicated consultant to advise care leavers on their future employment options.

The service’s  diversity & inclusion page lists various 'inclusive opportunity' resources.

upReach: a charity that "supports undergraduates from less priviliged backgrounds to secure top jobs"

KCLSU Liberation Association

KCLSU Liberation Associations can be a useful 'way in' to the Students' Union for students who are unsure how to get involved.

The new Widening Participation Association defines the remit of WP as including, but not being limited to:

  • Young people from low-income backgrounds

  • Young people from low-participation neighbourhoods (where very few people go on to higher education)

  • Young people whose parents did not go to university

  • Young people in or leaving care

  • Those returning to learning as mature students.

External resources

The Who Cares? Trust

Care Leavers' Association

Coram Voice

Buttle UK

for other vulnerable student groups:

Stand Alone (estranged students)

Refugee Support Network (RSN)

 

Personal tutors

All Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students are allocated a Personal Tutor from within their Department or Faculty. Postgraduate Research students will have a research supervisor.

Your personal tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any personal difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

Your personal tutor will listen and try to help you although you’ll need to remember that, your personal tutor is not super human and may not always be able to solve your problem. If they can’t help you directly they will know who to refer you to.

Remember whatever the nature of your problem, please do discuss it with someone, your personal tutor or otherwise. The earlier that any issue is identified the more likely it is that it can be resolved.

Find out more about the  role of the personal tutor here

 

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