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Diversity & Inclusion

Disabled Students

HandprintsWhat do we mean by Disability?

Disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, refers to a physical or mental impairment or condition which has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' impact on the individual. Within this definition, long-term is generally accepted to mean 'for a period of twelve months or more'. Importantly, disability refers to both physical and mental health conditions.

Support for Disabled Students

Disabled students have access to specialist support from the Disability Advisory Service (DAS), a branch of the university Student Services. DAS partner with the School of Law to ensure that reasonable adjustments deemed necessary and appropriate for disabled students have been made available, and that all of the provisions put in place are serving the needs of each individual student in the most effective way. DAS also work to help the School to improve our overall academic practice, meaning adjustments which are relatively commonplace become part of our usual practice.

King's Inclusion Plans (KIPs)

KIPs are personalised plans made for each student who registers with DAS, at any point throughout the academic year. KIPs map out the reasonable adjustments which a student is likely to need, either regularly or in specific circumstances, across the following academic year. These are shared with the School via a small number of central points of contact, and through these, then shared with all of the academic members of staff who will be teaching the student holding the KIP.

KIPs are agreed and signed-off between the student and DAS, and the student ultimately owns the document. This means that a student can choose to share their KIP with relevant academic staff in any way that they choose, and can also ask for ammendments to be made and communicated throughout the academic year.

Find out more about KIPs, and other provisions for disabled students, by visiting the DAS webpages.

Urgent Support

For students who are experiencing a mental health crisis, there are multiple routes of same-day or immediate support available.

The Counselling Crisis pages detail internal and external means of immediate or same-day support for students (or staff) who are having a mental health crisis and/or thinking of causing harm to themselves or others.

The Disability Advisory Service hold appointments for disabled students, but also have drop-in slots available, and provided over-the-phone support and advice. There is also the option of a same-day appointment with a trained Mental Health Adviser, should this be required. All of the information regarding who to contact can be found on their Appointments webpage.

School Disability Contacts

Various members of the School take responsibility for supporting and enhancing the experience of disabled students regarding their academic studies, or access to student life more generally. If you're not sure who the most relevant person is for you to contact, you should be able to find them below. If, however, none of the below options seem suitable, speak to your Personal Tutor in the first instance about the best way to progress.


Robson 

Name: Daniel Robson

Role: Student Experience & Engagement Manager/Faculty Disability Liaison

Function: Ensures that all processes relating to the support of disabled students are effective and smoothly run, and that any issues raised by students are heard and addressed by the School, or reported back to the Disability Advisory Service. Also manages Personal Tutor training and communications regaridng KIPs.

Contact: daniel.robson@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 1121

Annette 

Name: Annette Lee

Role: Undergraduate Programme Administrator

Function: Acts as the first point of contact for all Undergraduate students who hold KIPs, ensuring that all KIPs are distributed to the correct members of academic staff. Annette also responds to queries from Undergraduate students regarding their KIPs, and checks in with students periodically across the year.

Contact: annette.lee@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 2849

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Name: Lydia Gladstone

Role: Postgraduate Programme (Taught) Administrator

Function: Acts as the first point of contact for all Postgraduate Taught students who hold KIPs, ensuring that all KIPs are distributed to the correct members of academic staff. Lydia also responds to queries from Postgraduate Taught students regarding their KIPs, and checks in with students periodically across the year.

Contact: lydia.gladstone@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 5899

 

Heindl 

Name: Alice Hiendl

Role: Research Support Coordinator

Function: Acts as the first point of contact for Postgraduate Research students who hold KIPs and ensures that Supervisors are made aware of these. Alice also responds to queries from Postgraduate Research students regarding their KIPS and supports the implementation of any reasonable adjustments required.

Contact: alice.hiendl@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 2278

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Name: Jack Kilker

Role: Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Function: Takes responsibility for reviewing and enhancing processes designed to support disabled students and staff in the School, and champions issues raised by disabled students and staff within the School. Organises surveys and focus groups with disabled students on an annual basis, and reports the findings into the School and the Disability Advisory Service.

Contact: jack.kilker@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 1753

Player 

Name: Professor Elaine Player

Role: Vice-Dean for Students, Culture & Community

Function: The senior leader within the Law Executive Team with responsibility for oversight of the School's disability provision, and for the experience of disabled students.

Contact: elaine.player@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 1169

Malik

Name: Professor Maleiha Malik

Role: Diversity & Inclusion Academic Lead

Function: The Academic Lead for Diversity & Inclusion takes responsibility for championing all diversity groups within the School, and enhancing the student and staff experiences of these groups through improving policy and practice. The Academic Lead can represent issues raised by disabled students and staff to the Students, Culture & Community Committee.

Contact: maleiha.malik@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 2395

Mumford 

Name: Professor Ann Mumford

Role: Diversity & Inclusion Academic Lead

Function: The Academic Lead for Diversity & Inclusion takes responsibility for championing all diversity groups within the School, and enhancing the student and staff experiences of these groups through improving policy and practice. The Academic Lead can represent issues raised by disabled students and staff to the Students, Culture & Community Committee.

Contact: ann.mumford@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 7537

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