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Diversity and Inclusion are cornerstones of King’s Strategic Vision 2029. A key guiding principle of this vision is to create an inclusion environment where all individuals are valued and able to succeed.

King’s Race Equality Charter Mark bronze submission highlighted a lack of role models for BME staff and students and that significant under-representation negatively impacts on their sense of belonging, academic identity and aspirations to pursue an academic career - 8% of King’s professoriate are BME of this group 0.6% are Black. Professional Services staff face a concrete ceiling in progression to the most senior grades with BME people making up only 6.8% of our most senior PS staff.

Developing and supporting diverse talent and inclusive leadership is a key priority for improving this and advancing race equality for staff and students. King’s has committed to send three members from our King’s community to take part in StellarHE a targeted leadership development programme to support Black and Minority Ethnic academics, researchers, and Professional Services staff. The programme is for staff who aspire to operate at a senior, strategic level here at King’s, and contributes to our institutional commitment to advance race equality.

Over a year-long, externally facilitated programme, participants from King’s will be supported to explore authenticity and diversity as a leadership strength alongside a cohort of peers from across the sector.

If you are interested in participating in the 2019/20 StellarHE cohort you will need to submit an application and supporting documents to by 17:00 on Tuesday 5th November 2019. 

Eligibility criteria for StellarHE
  • StellarHE is targeted at Black Minority Ethnic people (BME),
  • StellarHE is targeted at middle and senior managers – King’s welcomes applications from staff currently in roles grade 6 and above,
  • It is essential you are available for all the following dates:
    • 17 January 2020, 28-29 January 2020, 14 - 15 March 2020, 16-17 May 2020.
    • Your Faculty/Division commits to contributing £1,500 to cost, plus travel expenses
Applying for Stellar HE at King’s

Applicants must:

  1. Complete Stellar HE’s application form (can be found here:
  2. Provide a personal statement
  3. Provide a supporting statement from your line manager which should include:
  • Confirmation of the details given by the applicant
  • A short statement of the applicant’s suitability for the programme
  • Confirmation that they will be available for a briefing session by teleconference on either 20 or 21 January 2020.
  • Should also confirm contribution of £1500 (+ expenses)

Please return a completed application to before 17:00 on Tuesday 5th November 2019

Selecting Stellar HE Participants at King’s
  • King’s sponsorship of participants in StellarHE 2019/20 is limited to three places. These will be awarded on a competitive basis if more than three applications are received.

  • Where a department/faculty or directorate can fully cover the cost of participation (£4,194 + expenses) their candidate is guaranteed a place (in addition to the three noted above).

  • After the 5 November 2020 deadline, a panel chaired by Sarah Guerra (Director D&I) will review applications and select 3 participants based on the application’s ability to demonstrate the positive impact(s) of participation for a) the individual and their career, b) their team/department/King’s, c) race equality at King’s.

  • Applicants will be notified of an outcome via email w/c 18 November 2019
Supporting StellarHE Applicants & Participants at King’s:
  • Stellar HE participants who are parents & carers will be eligible for further financial support from Carers’ Career Development Fund.
  • Staff members on fixed term contracts can apply for StellarHE as long as their contract continues at least 6 months after the programme has finished (or they can provide evidence it will be extended)
  • Any costs incurred by participation in the programme (e.g. travel) will need to be covered locally by the supporting department/faculty/division.
  • For more information on StellarHE and Race Equality at King’s please contact
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