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War Studies

Diversity & Inclusion

Who we are

Each year over 2,000 students choose to study in the War Studies Department, and we currently have over 80 academic and professional services staff members.

Our department is diverse, with students who range in age from 18 to 70 and who have different backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, and nationalities. Our students thus bring a broad range of experiences, abilities and skills to the study of war and international relations.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The War Studies Department is committed to embedding good diversity and inclusion practice into all of its activities. It actively supports the creation and maintenance of a community that allows all of its members to develop their full potential. 

This commitment is embodied in the on-line training course (‘Diversity and Inclusion: Skills for a Globalised World’) that all students are expected to complete.  This course will launch in the latter part of the 2018-19 academic year)

Code of Conduct

All members of the Department are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct

Your Departmental Contacts & Raising Concerns

Within the Department, we have two academic staff who work on diversity and inclusion issues as part of their administrative duties:

  • For the first term of 2017-18, the Department's Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer is Dr Susan Martin; from January 2018, it is Dr Alan James

Role: The Senior Diversity and Inclusion Representative, who serves as a point of contact for both staff and students, serves as an advisor to Women in War & international Politics (WIWIP), and works to integrate the Department's work on Diversity and Inclusion into the broader initiatives taking part at King's wider university work on diversity and inclusion.

  • For 2017-18 the Diversity and Inclusion Officer is: Dr Nicholas Michelsen (term 3 onwards)

Role: The Diversity and Inclusion Officer, who serves as a point of contact and support for students with Diversity and Inclusion concerns and questions. 

Online Form

We also have a confidential on-line comment form where members of the community can raise concerns and make suggestions about diversity and inclusion in the department. 

The Department’s response to student suggestions and comments made through this form can be found on the Student Voice pages. Staff feedback will feed into discussions about D&I by the D&I team, Senior Leadership Team, at Departmental Staff Meetings, and/or Away Days.

Department Culture Survey

As part of our work to support a diverse and inclusive department, in 2015-16, we surveyed staff and students on their experiences in the Department. This survey will be repeated biannually so that we can measure progress and identify any new issues that arise.

Athena SWAN

As part of the School of Security Studies, the Department of War Studies began work on an Athena SWAN application in Autumn 2016. Athena SWAN is a Charter that recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality. 

As part of the application process members of the School’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) has gathered and analysed a broad range of data on the experience of students (from application to graduation) and staff (from recruitment through to career progression).  In addition to quantitative data, the SAT carried out focus groups with UG, PGT and PGR students and focus groups with staff. On the basis of its data analysis, the SAT then devised an Action Plan to better enable all staff and students to flourish in the Department.

For a snapshot of Student Feedback and planned actions to respond, please refer to to these pages (internal D&I)

For the full draft Athena SWAN Action Plan and minutes of SAT meetings please refer to the SoSS Athena SWAN Action Plan

Submission of the Athena SWAN application is only the first step, and the School’s Diversity and Inclusion team will oversee the implementation of the Action Plan as well as further efforts to create and maintain a diveuse and inclusive community.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Department’s work on diversity and inclusion or Athena SWAN, please contact one of the Department’s representatives on the School’s Diversity and Inclusion team.

Harrassment & Bullying

To get help if you are being subjected to discrimination, harassment or bullying in any form by a member of staff or students, please see here

For further assistance on diversity and inclusion at King’s, see the Diversity and Inclusion office, which is responsible for:
  • advising on best practice in equalities 
  • providing support and guidance on cases of bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • delivering equality and diversity training for staff and students
  • initiating positive action initiatives such as mentoring schemes
  • facilitating progress with external charter marks such as Athena SWAN.

More information on  D&I for students, including advice an support, training, campaigns, and student ambassadors, is available here

More information on D&I for staff, including mentoring, harassment, parenting and childcare, policies and training is available here https://www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/index.aspx

The university also has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service that provides information and support to disabled students and to staff about engaging with disabled students.

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