We are committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the Department becomes a richer and more diverse place to work and study.
Our Department's Equality & Diversity Committee (EDC) acts as a forum for discussing equality and diversity policies, practices and priorities, at all levels, and makes recommendations as appropriate. The EDC advises the Head of Department on strategic policy developments relating to equality and diversity, their integration into the Department’s overall strategic plans and on their implementation.
We are very pleased to announce that our Department has been awarded a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) Bronze Award
. The GEM is the extension of Athena SWAN to arts, humanities and social sciences and contributes to promoting gender equality in the academic environment.
So far we have improved our staff induction programme, ensured departmental-wide participation in unconscious bias training and enabled more staff to get involved in leadership and development programmes. The GEM award required us to focus on staff, but with the creation of the EDC we intend to expand our remit to include our entire student body.
Dr Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, at the UN meeting of Biological Weapons Convention members, with baby Elena.
Besides implementing the Gender Equality Action Plan, the EDC is also a forum for discussing and improving our Department’s practices and policies in connection with age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Any staff or student can speak confidentially to an EDC member.
The implementation of equality and diversity policies not only represents the full commitment of the department to create a more just and equal environment, but also the willingness to achieve and ensure excellence in all aspects of teaching and research.
Comments from staff:
"Participating in discussions at the SAT committee meetings has made me reflect on the gender dimensions of my own behaviour, for example how I tend to undervalue my own contributions to the department. This has empowered me to try to make changes in the way I value and represent my work and I am already seeing practical benefits."
"I have a flexible contract which allows me to combine my work with caring for my young children. Working from home benefits me as I can do the school run on those days, but also benefits my Department as when I work from home I have dedicated, uninterrupted time to work on projects."
The Equalities Unit
King's has a dedicated Equalities Unit that covers both staff and student issues. They advise on best practice in equalities, provide support and guidance on cases of bullying, harassment and discrimination, maintain the College's staff networks and deliver equality and diversity training for staff and students.
The College also has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service that provides information and support to staff and students with disabilities.