Equality, diversity and inclusion

Proud to celebrate and support our vibrant Kingston University communities

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.

EDI objectives and commitments

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.

EDI objectives and commitments

News

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Inclusive curriculum

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.

 

Equality matters

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.

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Tackling the Degree Awarding Gap

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.

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Beyond Barriers Mentoring Scheme

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.

Collaboration

Equality, diversity and inclusion sponsors

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.

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Equality data

By tracking staff and student demographics, we can ensure the university is meeting its commitments to improving equity on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability.

Training, development and resources

Training, development and resources

We worked with our staff network groups to develop a comprehensive package of EDI training designed to build awareness, understanding and engagement.

 

Kingston University provides students and staff guidance and support

Guidance and support

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.

Celebrating diversity

Women in STEM

Women in STEM

Showcasing some of the inspirational stories of our STEM community, the women who have influenced them and the work they are doing that is making a difference across the world.

Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Each year, the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout society are celebrated during Women's History Month.

LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is a time to reflect, to celebrate and to look to the future. Kingston University's students, staff and alumni are marking the month through a series of online events, shared creative expression and open conversations.

Black History Month

Black History Month

During Black History Month, Kingston University students, staff and alumni will be marking the enormous contributions the Black community has made to Britain.

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KU Cares

We are very proud that 2021 marks the 15-year anniversary of KU Cares, our award winning, comprehensive package of support for care leavers, estranged students, young adult carers' and sanctuary scholars at Kingston University.

Get involved

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.

Staff networks

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.

Charter marks accreditations and pledges

Kingston University Anti-Racism Equality Pledge

Anti-Racism pledge

Kingston University Anti-Racism Equality Pledge

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.'

The Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant 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.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena Swan

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The Athena SWAN Charter is a global scheme designed to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.

Care Leaver Covenant

Care Leaver Covenant

Care Leaver Covenant

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 in to and beyond university.

Disability Confident

Disability Confident Scheme

Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

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.

Race Equality Charter Bronze Award

Race Equality Charter Award

Race Equality Charter Bronze Award

Eliminating institutional and cultural barriers impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students.

The StandAlone Pledge

Standalone Pledge

The StandAlone Pledge

In 2016 the University was one of the first signatories of the Standalone Pledge to support estranged learners in higher education.

Stonewall

Stonewall

Stonewall

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.