Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity is crucial for enabling world leading research, impact and teaching. Working alongside people with different experiences and perspectives encourages innovation and creativity. It brings exposure to a breadth of knowledge, working styles and techniques, and it prompts us to develop ideas and consider decision from multiple points of view. Furthermore, if certain groups are underrepresented in our Department, this means the talent pool we are drawing from is not as broad as it should be.
Ensuring an inclusive and supportive working and learning environment is a key part of strategy for the Department of Informatics, and core to King's Strategic Vision for 2029. We have articulated three diversity and inclusion aspirations, which guide the Department's strategy:
- No staff or student should be disadvantaged because of any protected characteristics.
- To provide an inclusive working, learning and research environment for all staff and students.
- The diversity of our Department should reflect the diversity of our society.
We are actively working to achieve these aspirations; you can read more about what we are doing here.
The Department of Informatics' Diversity & Inclusion Committee oversees our activity in this area, chaired by our Diversity Lead Dr Elizabeth Black. The remit of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is:
- To act as a forum for the engagement of staff and students in issues related to diversity and inclusion, and to disseminate relevant information when required.
- To identify and prioritise areas where improvement is needed, through monitoring of relevant quantitative and qualitative data.
- To identify and promote areas of good practice.
- To review, advise on and facilitate changes to policies, procedures and working practices, with the aim of upholding the Department’s overarching equality and diversity aspirations.
- To monitor and evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of policies, procedures and working practices set by the Department, the Faculty and the College, particularly with regard to the Department’s overarching equality and diversity aspirations.
- To advise on publicity, events, marketing and recruitment material within the Department.
- To engage with other departments and institutions to share good practice.
- To drive the implementation of external diversity initiatives such as Athena SWAN.
If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns relating to diversity and inclusion in the Department of Informatics, please contact our Diversity Lead Dr Elizabeth Black. To find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at King’s see here.