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Welcome to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages at Kingston. Find out how we are striving to challenge ourselves to think and act differently in order that everyone in our university feels like they belong, can be their authentic selves, and are empowered to reach their full potential.
We know that our diversity brings only benefits for our students, our staff and our work. The greater variety of perspectives and experiences we have, the better we can create innovative ways of learning and teaching, while developing ideas and solutions to create and foster equity and social justice.
Kingston has a long history of challenging inequality in all its forms and works hard to ensure it fulfils and exceeds its legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty. We are proud of the journey so far but recognise that there is still much work to be done. See below how we're making a difference, one step at a time.
At Kingston we see diversity as a strength and value the rich variety of backgrounds, identities and experiences our staff and students bring to the university.
We are committed to strengthening our ethos around equity for every student and member of staff, and pledge to embed equality in all that we do and to reject racism in all its forms.
We are actively listening to and engaging with our staff and student community and setting new objectives and commitments that will promote a culture of acceptance without exception.
At Kingston, we believe that in a global and diverse world, our degree courses should reflect the experiences of a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and perspectives.
Creating an inclusive curriculum is part of our drive to close the Degree Awarding Gap for students by making our courses more inclusive and accessible to everyone, whatever their background.
Here you will find some of our key EDI themes initiatives that are driving forward equality of opportunity for all staff and students and promoting a culture of inclusivity.
We want to ensure that students from all walks of life are enabled to access and succeed in higher education. By identifying and addressing different degree outcomes within our student population, we can take steps to close unexplained degree awarding gaps.
This scheme sees industry professionals mentor students to support their personal and professional development. It's our way of ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background.
We have established equality sponsors from the senior leadership team to champion activity in relation to some of the characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.
By tracking staff and student demographics, we can ensure the university is meeting its commitments to improving equity on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability.
We worked with our staff network groups to develop a comprehensive package of EDI training designed to build awareness, understanding and engagement.
We provide comprehensive support services for staff and students, from counselling and support with specific learning differences to help with disabilities and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.
If you want to help drive change and make a difference around areas of gender, race, disability and sexual orientation, there are many ways for staff and students to get involved.
The Network of Equality Champions is for students and staff interested in shaping the University's equality culture, while our Student Equality Collaborators and Inclusive Curriculum Consultants are students who work with staff on embedding equality across the University and into the curriculum. You can join the Disability Network, run by students and staff, or check out Kingston Students Union (KSU) which has dozens of active societies such as the LGBT+ Hub.
The BAME Staff Network is an invaluable space for hundreds of colleagues to collaborate and be empowered to create a working and learning environment free from racism and racialised experiences at Kingston. The LGBTQ Staff Network is an opportunity to socialise, network, collaborate and to make Kingston an organisation that fully embraces acceptance without exception. Watch this space for more networks emerging during 2021.
The anti-racism pledge is a sector-wide commitment started by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Kingston University fully endorses the anti-racism pledge: 'Racism exists on our campuses and in our society. Call it what it is and reject it in all its forms. We stand united against racism.'
Kingston University has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and pledges to uphold its key principles, around understanding and respecting those who serve, or who have served in, the armed forces.
The Athena SWAN Charter is a global scheme designed to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.
An early adopter of the government's Care Leaver Covenant, the University promises to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them into and beyond university.
The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.
The University is a member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) and proud to hold the NNECL Quality Mark. We are committed to supporting care experienced students to access and succeed in higher education.
Eliminating institutional and cultural barriers impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students.
In 2016 the University was one of the first signatories of the Standalone Pledge to support estranged learners in higher education.
Kingston University is proud to be a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme, a scheme that works with institutions to create inclusive and accepting cultures.