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D&I Working Groups and Research

Our Working Groups cover all protected characteristics, with work implemented through an intersectional lens.

Although the Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Core Team sets the strategic agenda, our Working Groups lead on particular projects and work programmes which are influenced by continual engagement with IoPPN staff and students through departmental meetings, surveys, focus and discussion groups, open forums and individual meetings. 

Students and staff of all levels are involved in all areas of our work, providing opportunities to develop skills, influence and to implement D&I initiatives across IoPPN.  Our CD&I Working Groups are open to all IoPPN staff and students, providing them opportunities to increase skills and influence and implement initiatives.

Gender Equality


  • raising awareness of the Gender Pay Gap
  • increasing promotion process transparency
  • improving shortlisting and interview processes
  • developing toolkits on promotion, negotiation and inclusive recruitment
  • highlighting the achievements of IoPPN's female professors with the 'Inspiring Women' project


Race Equality

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  • highlighting mental health vulnerabilities in the LGBTQ+ community
  • regular LGBTQ+ and Mental Health events
  • spporting King’s LGBTQ+ staff and student networks
  • produced ‘Through the Rainbow Lens’ exploring mental health issues and breaking down stigma


Professional Services Staff

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  • reviewed best practices based on the Oxford Research and Policy Good Practice Checklist for Professional Services Staff
  • improving Performance Review Development, mentoring systems and support, career development and training opportunities and events and improved communication and dissemination of information



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  • established parenting rooms on all campuses at the IoPPN and King’s
  • investigating barriers and challenges to taking up shared parental leave at the IoPPN
  • improving parent’s access to support and information encouraging a family-friendly culture and flexible environment
  • developed Parents’ Toolkits



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  • conducting research with IoPPN staff and students to better understand and address their needs
  • developed Carers’ Toolkit
  • improving access to information to better support carers




  • improving visibility and accessibility of available disability support
  • working with King’s to improve staff and student’s experience of adjustment and support process
  • improving understanding and knowledge of disabilities and their strengths and challenges through events and trainings


Other Work

  • providing advice
  • working with other King’s faculties and in the local community
  • fostering an inclusive education environment for students
  • marking national and international events
  • hosting workshops and training programmes for staff and students

D&I related research at the IoPPN

D&I related collaborations

  • Black and Minority Ethnics in Psychiatry and Psychology (BIPP) aims to prioritise and advance the representation of ethnic minority backgrounds in psychiatry and psychology and creating a community for egistered and prospective ethnic minority mental health professionals to acquire social, emotional, psychological, and developmental support by:
    • providing insight, guidance, and knowledge on accessing careers in psychiatry and psycholog

    • increasing exposure to, learning, and discussion of cross-cultural or Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic psychological theory, practice, and research

    • exploring various approaches to addressing racial disparities in mental health care

  • Black Students Talk is a peer support group that provides safe, supportive and therapeutic spaces for black* students to meet, share, learn, and manage our mental health & wellbeing at university. BST online sessions are held weekly via Zoom. Each weekly session lasts an hour-and-a-half.



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