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Gender and Race Equality

Race Equality & Race Equality Charter Mark

The Race Equality Charter Mark is a charter which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to race equality. In 2015, the charter was established to support institutions to understand and progress race equality in HE. The charter spans staff and students across STEMM, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and professional services. The charter exclusively accepts submissions from Institutions, rather than smaller units (EG. Departments and Faculties, as Athena SWAN does).

You can find out more about the charter on the Advance HE webpages

King's has adopted the Race Equality self-assessment framework as a rigourous and transparent means of understanding and progressing race equality across the institution.

King’s is proud to hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award recognizing our commitment to addressing issues of race and racism:

  • Over the last three years, King’s has seen significant increase in the ethnic diversity of our student body (now 47% BME at undergraduate level, and 32% for postgraduates)
  • Our Professional Services Staff are more representative of our global city than ever before, and we’ve seen positive change in the representation of BME people in research roles
  • We’ve halved our Ethnicity Attainment Gap

Despite this progress to date, it’s clear King’s has further to go to address race inequality for many of our students and staff. As a result of our October 2017 our Race Equality Surveys, we are now actively working to examine:

  • How students and staff engage with King’s to talk about race and racism
  • How racism is experienced at King’s
  • The experience of BME staff and students formally reporting race-related incidents.

In addition to the above, King’s is working to address issues that are common to the rest of the UK HE sector: BME people remain significantly underrepresented in our teaching staff (especially the professoriate) and our most senior leaders.

Race Equality Activity & Thought Leadership Tracking

King’s is committed to becoming an anti-racist university. Planned activity is outlined in our Race Equality Action Plan (REAP) however we also want people to identify and initiate bespoke solutions for the challenges in their own areas, as and when they arise.

Given the size and complexity of King’s, we know there is a hive of activity happening across our community. We’d therefore be grateful if you could complete this short form to let us know about any activity or initiatives you are planning. Your activity may be specific to your area of work, or it may be broader than your day job. Whether you’re conducting academic research, planning an event or speaking at a conference, we want to hear (and celebrate) your contribution to King’s becoming an anti-racist university.

The purpose of gathering this information is to understand what makes an intervention successful, gather evidence for our next Race Equality Charter submission and identify potential collaborations. 

If you have any questions about this form please contact diversity@kcl.ac.uk

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