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StellarHE 2022 

StellarHE is a targeted leadership development programme to support Black and Minority Ethnic academics, researchers and Professional Services staff. The programme has been designed specifically to develop and implement leadership strategies that reflect the unique challenges and experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic academic and professional staff across Higher Education.

King's is dedicated to developing and supporting diverse talent and inclusive leadership and the university is committed to supporting members of the King's community to take part in the StellarHE programme. The programme is for staff who aspire to operate at a senior, strategic level here at King’s and contribute to our institutional commitment to advance race equality.

 This year the programme is being delivered virtually and will include:

  • Ten one-day virtual workshops

  • Leadership diagnostics

  • Two individual Borderless Coaching sessions

  • One virtual Action Learning Set

  • Completion of a Leadership Challenge project

  • Access to an Online Learning Platform with exercises, activities and other learning materials for participants to complete prior to each workshop.

The programme also includes the opportunity to join the Beyond StellarHE Alumni network. 

Table of dates for the StellarHE programme 2022

 Date Activity

22 Feb 2022

Participant Virtual Readiness Session

28 Feb 

Manager Virtual Briefing Session: Race to Action (participant's line manager only)

2 March 

Virtual Workshop 1 & 2 - Orientation & Lived Experience Roundtable

10 March 

VW 3 & 4 - Higher EDucation Context & Leaders Story

24 March 

VW 5 & 6 - Authenticity 

6 April 

 VW 7 & 8 - Career Journey & Prupose to Impact

21 April 

 VW 9 & 10 - Vision & Shadow

1 May 2022

 Assessments: Factor8 & Borderless Coaching

25 May 

 VW 11 & 12 - Leadership MoT & iBrand

9 June 

 VW 13 & 14 - 360 Leadership & Beyond Borders

21 June 

 VW 15 & 16 - Communicating with Impact

12 July 

 VW 17 & 18 - Action Learning & Career Strategy 

13 July 

 VW 19 & 20 - Leadership Signature & The New Narrative

Find out more on the StellarHE website

You can read about the experience of a past participant from King's on the Diversity Digest Blog.

If you would like to connect with previous King's participants of the porgramme please contact diversity@kcl.ac.uk or your local contact (listed below). 

Programme cost

The programme fee is £3,995 + VAT

Successful applicants who are parents and carers are eligibile for further financial support to enable them to participate from the Carers' Career Development Fund

Eligibility criteria

  • StellarHE is targeted at Black Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals who aspire to senior leadership positions in Higher Education.

  • StellarHE is targeted at middle and senior managers – we advise that applicants are currently in roles grade 6 and above (see FAQs below).

  • Professional services, research and academic staff are all eligible to apply.

  • 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 you can provide evidence it will be extended (see FAQs below).

  • You must be available for all the programme dates (see above)

How to apply

There are two types of places available to King's staff. 

Central places - 4 joint funded places which are centrally selected by the EDI Function. These places will be part funded by the central EDI Race equality budget with the remaining cost covered by a contribution from the participants' faculty/directorate. These places are available for most staff members to apply for (see exclusions below) and places will be allocated by a central selection process run by the EDI function.

    • Central (joint funded) places will require a faculty/directorate contribution of £2,094 (inc. VAT). 
    • To apply for a central place you must complete the StellarHE 2022 Application Form and the the Supporting statement, manager and participant agreement form and send them to diversity@kcl.ac.uk by Friday 7 January 2022
    • A selection panel appointed by the EDI function will review your application and you will be informed of the outcome by Friday 14 January.
    • If your application is unsuccesful but there are local places available in your faculty/directorate you will automatically be entered into the pool for a local place. 
    • These places are not open to E&F staff - please see below for how to apply to the local E&F places. 

Local places - 16 places which are being fully funded by a range of faculties and directorates across King's (see listings below). These places can only be applied to by staff in the relevant faculty/directorate and they will be allocated by a locally run selection process. 

    • Local places cost £4,794 (inc. VAT).
    • To apply for a local place you should email the StellarHE contact in your area (see below) to find out when the application deadline is. Also look out for faculty/directorate comms. 
    • You must complete the StellarHE 2022 Application Form and the Supporting statement, manager and participant agreement form and send them to the contact listed for your faculty/directorate by the deadline given. 
    • A section panel appointed by your faculty/directorate will review your application and you will be informed of the outcome by Wedneday 26 January. 
  • Estates & Facilities - places open for any E&F staff who meet the eligibility criteria. E&F staff are asked to apply for these local places only and not to the central places. The deadline for applications in E&F is 7 January 2022. Look out for local comms or contact nico.1.singh@kcl.ac.uk
  • Students & Education Directorate - 1 place open to any SED staff who meet the eligibility criteria. SED staff are asked to apply via the central process (see above). The deadline is 7 Jauary 2022 and any applications not selected for a central place will automatically be entered into the SED selection process. Look out for local comms or contact rajbir.hazelwood@kcl.ac.uk 
  • Human Resources - 1 place open to any HR staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact
  • King's Education - 1 place open to any staff from the following departments who meet the eligibility criteria:
    • King's Foundations
    • Modern language Centre
    • King's Online
    • Summer
    • KPED (King's Professional and Executive Development)

Contact catherine.thristan@kcl.ac.uk

  • Fundraising & Supporter Development - 1 place open to any FSD staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact kevin.kumar@kcl.ac.uk
  • Research Management & Innovation Directorate1 place open to any RMID staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact bryony.frost@kcl.ac.uk
  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine - 2 places open to any Academic and Professional Services staff in the Faculty who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact camille.paulsen@kcl.ac.uk
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities - 2 places open to any Academic and Professional Services staff in the Faculty who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact robert.d.templing@kcl.ac.uk
  • Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care - 1 place open to any Academic and Professional Services staff in the Faculty who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact emma.briggs@kcl.ac.uk
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience - 1 place open to any Academic and Professional Services staff in the Faculty who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact zoe.kennedy@kcl.ac.uk
  • King’s Business School - 1 place open to any Academic and Professional Services staff in the Faculty who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact suzanne.marcuzzi@kcl.ac.uk

Both centrally selected and locally selected places will be allocated on the same criteria (see 'How will my application be assessed?' below). 

How will my application be assessed?

The answers in your application form, the personal statement and your manager's statement will all be used to assess your suitability for the programme. 

The application questions (questions 1-6 in the form) will each be scored from 1 (does not meet the criteria) to 5 (significantly exceeds the criteria). 

Your application will also then be scored against the King's criteria. 

The King's criteria asses the strength of the application with regards to how the applicant demonstrates the positive impacts the programme could have on their career, their team and on race equality at King's.

A. The impact of the programme on the individual and their career, i.e.:

    • Show they have proactively thought about career progression/development and how StellarHE will feed into this.
    • Demonstrate their capability and potential as a manager/leader.

B. The impact of the programme on the applicant's team, department and King's more widely, i.e.:

    • Show how they will apply learning to others, both locally and more widely.
    • What benefit this will have.

C. The impact of the programme on race equality at King's, i.e.:

    • Demonstrate a commitment to Race Equality at King’s or externally (e.g., active membership of the Race Equality Staff network, personal activism in team/dept etc.)

As you write your application you should think about how you are demonstrating these King's criteria.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why is the programme only open to grade 6 and above?
    The StellarHE programme is designed for those with some leadership experience looking to become senior leaders. To ensure that participants are able to successfully engage in the programme we suggest that applications should be from staff grade 6 and above. If you are not at grade 6 but have leadership experience (this can inlcude from outside of work) and you think you are a suitable candidate for the programme then you should discuss this with your line manager. If you are supported by your line manager and can show you have relevant experience, we will accept your application. If you are not at grade 6 and not yet ready for this programme you can explore other development opportunities including: 
  • What evidence do I need to provide to show my contract will be extended? 
    Please provide a letter from your department head or manager confirming that your contract will be extended or is expected to be extended. 

  • What makes a good application? 
    • All forms are complete and signed as required.
    • The application shows how this programme would impact your career and why it is important for your career trajectory / why you need this programme at this point in your career.
    • The application provides clear evidence and a sufficient level of detail to ensure the selection panel can understand the impact the programme would have on you, King's and race equality at King's.
    • The application explains why this particular leadership programme would be of specific benefit to you.
    • The application shows your understanding of race equality in your local area or at King's more widely and you demonstarte your commitment to race equality at King's.
    • The application demonstrates your unique selling points and what you have to offer. 

  • Can I apply for a central place and a local place? 
    Yes, most staff members can apply through both routes if there are local places available in your directorate/faculty. E&F staff are asked to apply only to their local places (see above). To do so simply apply to the central process by the deadline stated above. If your application is unsuccessful for a central place, you will automatically be entered into the local selection process. 

If you have any further questions about the programme or the application process please talk to your local contact (listed above) or email diversity@kcl.ac.uk 

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