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NEST is the (N)etwork to (E)ngage, (S)upport & bring (T)ogether Parents and Carers @ King's. It provides support to staff with parental and/or caring responsibilities through a range of events, an online community, and by offering guidance and representation at strategic and policy level.

Our mission is to provide an inclusive environment for everyone to flourish by supporting all parents and carers, through informing and inspiring the Kings community, and influencing change. 

Throughout the year, we hold monthly drop-in sessions rotating across the various College campuses at which you can meet other parents and carers to share experiences, seek guidance or support, or hear about the network’s future plans.

The network is led by three Co-Chairs and we are now looking to establish a committee to assist us in our work, enabling us to do much more to support our community of parents and carers at King’s.


·     Celebrating Black Fathers @King's

      Thursday 22 October, 13.00-14.00

       As part of Black History Month at King's, NEST is teaming up with REN (the Race Equality Network) to celebrate our community of black fathers at King's by hearing their experiences of fatherhood. In particular, we are keen to dispel the lazy stereotype of the absent black dads and instead promote them as strong role models. If you are interested in contributing to this (or know someone who might be), please get in touch with us. Details for joining the event will be available soon.

       What's Your Experience? Flexible Working @ King's

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this event has now been postponed. We will update details of when this will take place later in the year once the situation is clearer. Thank you to those who registered to attend.

Join us and the rest of the Flexible Working Group to mark the Flexible Working Survey and share our experiences of flexible working at King's. It's an opportunity for us to bring together those passionate about or interested in flexible working. Cake and coffee will be provided, so please be sure to sign up!

       More than a Mum: sharing our talents in life after birth

       In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this event has now been postponed. We will update details of when this will take place later in the year once the situation is clearer. Thank you to those who registered to attend.

       To celebrate mothers at King's just one month after Mothers' Day, we want to hear from you about all the amazing things that you do beyond your role as a mum. Perhaps you sing or write poetry and want to perform, or you may have other special talents you want to share. There'll be the opportunity to perform/present, and we are also seeking submissions so that we can display these on posters in the space to showcase your talents. Whatever you do to help retain your identity, we'd love for you to join us.

Monthly Drop-in Sessions

These run monthly from October to July, inclusive and take place from 10.30-11.30am in the second week of each month, alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays. Until further notice, these are currently all being run as virtual drop-ins and the link to the Teams meeting is the same for each Tuesday or Thursday event. This will be posted in Yammer in advance of the drop-in and will also be published in the email reminder circulated to our subscribers.

NEST Coffee Mornings (Virtual Drop-in Sessions)

Tuesday 13 October

MS Teams

Thursday 12 November

MS Teams

Tuesday 8 December

MS Teams

Thursday 14 January

MS Teams

Tuesday 9 February

MS Teams

Thursday 11 March

MS Teams

Tuesday 13 April

MS Teams

Thursday 13 May

MS Teams

Tuesday 15 June

MS Teams

Thursday 15 July

MS Teams

Current Projects
  • Flexible Working
  • Carers Online Toolkit
  • Parent Buddy Scheme
  • Maternity/Paternity FAQs


Natasha Awais-Dean, Research Integrity Manager (RMID)

Em Fleming (Head of Student Services (Frontline) (Student Services)

Haz Feliks, Technology-Enhanced Learning Manager (King’s Business School)

Senior Sponsors

Professor Evelyn Welch, Professor of Renaissance Studies, Provost & Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences)

Robin McIver, Chief Operating Officer (Arts & Sciences)

Our senior sponsors support our network and act as advocates at senior levels of the College.


Committee members support the network in planning events, communications, and by leading on projects.

Jessie Hardcastle

Pamela Mellen

Emily Robinson

Judith Offman

To get involved with the committee, please email outlining the area in which you would like to help.


Further support for parents is available on the Parents’ Hub (internal only).

Further support for carers is available on our Carers’ Toolkit (internal only) coming soon.

Details of extra guidance and resources for both parents and carers can be found here.

Advice for parents and carers during COVID-19 available here.

Families under Pressure - these are some lovely short videos put together by researchers at the IoPPN and SLaM NHS.

Get In Touch

The Co-Chairs and Committee members can be contacted at

Speak to the community of parents and carers from across the College in our online forum.

Sign up to receive our regular newsletter.

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