With International Women’s Day around the corner, we are inviting all members of the King’s community to join us at our events this week:

Inclusivity at King’s: An International Women’s Day event
6 March 2019, 13:00 to 16:00

This event will look at the work being undertaken at King’s to make this an inclusive workplace for all. This includes issues such as:

  • flexible working practices
  • barriers and facilitators to career progression for ECRs and professional services staff
  • the role of King’s as an institution to foster an inclusive workplace

You will have the opportunity to hear from figures at King’s and share your experiences through workshop sessions. Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will close the event.

Elevate – Gender Equality Network Launch
7th March 2019, 18:30 – 20:30 

The Exchange
Bush House North-East Wing

Elevate, Kings newly formed Gender Equality Network, are thrilled to invite you to our launch event and an evening in celebration of International Women’s Day at The Exchange exhibition space in Bush House.

We are inviting a panel to discuss ‘Finding your own leadership’. Compromised of staff network leads form across Kings, this will be an exciting, uplifting and refreshing discussion on authentic leadership.

Join their  mailing list here to keep up to date.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Film Screening: Thursday 7 March

Location: Seminar Room 2, Main IoPPN Building
Time: 12:00-14:00

The IoPPN Pay, Recruitment and Promotion working group present ‘RGB’, a documentary screening to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable ascent into the US Supreme Court and her legacy of a championing women’s rights in the face of rampant sexism.

You can drop in and out of this film as your timetable/flexible working requirements permit.

No registration required.

Gender & Home Exhibition Launch & Panel
8 March 2019, 18:30 to 20:00
The Exchange
Bush House North-East Wing

The collection of art and multi-media work is part of current research within SSPP. Works include:

  • Haunted Houses: War Veterans and the Intimacies of Violence
  • At Home in the Margins: Diffusing Desire in Lesbian Cinema
  • #AanaJaana [#ComingGoing]: Curating gendered lives across home Delhi’s urban peripheries
  • Energy, marginality and gender in the Brazilian Amazon
  • Gendered Coal Struggles at the Margins: Portraits of work and life in a Tajik extractive landscape

Hour to Empower: 8 March

Location: Classroom 2, WEC, Denmark Hill
Time: 13:00-14:00

Join Women of the Wohl for an hour of speed-networking over lunch, and other celebration activities to mark International Women’s Day 2019 and to increase visibility of amazing female role models in our community.

Registration and further information here.

Crafting Women’s Leadership
27 March and 28 March 2019

A creative collaboration between Mora School Women’s Project and King’s College London.

This week long residency in the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King’s by parents from a North London primary school is an exciting opportunity to dissemminate the groups’ unique stories, both from the women’s individual viewpoints and also in relation to the leadership project at the school.

The workshop sessions will share the women’s experiences through discussion and visual means, together with a number of accessible hands-on creative activities. These will include screen printing, papier mache, quick paper and textile crafts. Participants will make small samples of work to take home.

LGBTQ+ History Month at King’s will be marked by a plethora of screenings, workshops and celebrations across King’s and KCLSU.

You can find out more about our work around LGBT+ by checking out our Guidance and Resources pages, including our  Trans Matters Toolkit,  and connecting with the LGBT+ Staff Network. 

LGBTQ+ History Month Events at KCLSU

KCLSU is celebrating LGBTQ+ history month with the theme of Peace, Reconciliation and Activism. Join them for a whole host of workshops, coffee socials, pub quizzes and a special film screening in collaboration with our It Stops Here campaign.

What is Love? The depth of queer relationships
18:15 – 20:00, Wednesday 13th February 2019
Lecture Theater 2, Center Block, Bush House

Proudly King’s are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion to explore ‘What is love? The depths of queer relationships.’ As part of our LGBT History Month series and just in time for Valentine’s Day. In this conversation, we will be exploring sexual and relationship diversity within the queer community. Our panellists will be discussing polyamory, non-monogamy and the absence of sexual desire as alternatives to traditional couple relationships.

As the event is free we will be collecting for London Friend and a drinks reception will be held after the event.

LGBT+ and Mental Health

10:00 – 16:00, Monday 18th February 2019
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

You are invited to an event on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minority individuals’ (LGBT+) mental health issues and experiences of mental health services.

The aims of this event are to:

  • Raise awareness of LGBT+ mental health disparities
  • Present and discuss new research findings
  • Discussion about how South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and King’s College London can best address needs of LGBT+ staff, service users and students

Coffee and registration is from 10am, presentations are from 10.15-4pm. Sandwiches will be provided at 12.30pm. Attendees can drop in and out of the event throughout the day.

Don’t Blame Jack Film Screening 
17:00 – 19:30, Thursday 21st February 2019
Robin Murray A&B, Education Hub, IoPPN Main Building 

Don’t Blame Jack is a semi-autobiographical film written, directed and produced by the award-winning artist/film-maker Dale John Allen.  Dale is a postgraduate film student at Manchester School of Art and his work explores themes around the social politics of representation, particularly within the LGBT community, in addition to creating work which challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness. The film portrays overcoming the loss of self, the recovery process and adjusting to new circumstances. It is a story about learning self-love, self-appreciation and acceptance. “Manic-depressive Jack must find a way to leave his manic highs behind him. Can the dullness of ordinary life ever compare to the magic of mania? And is sanity and stability really worth the sacrifice?”

Thursday 21 February, 18:00
Queer@King’s with… Rahul Rao (Politics and International Studies, SOAS)
Council Room, King’s Building

Rahul Rao will join us to talk about: ‘Out of Time: the temporal politics of queer postcoloniality.’
Stay tuned for more info on the Queer@King’s  website.

Friday 22 February, 19:00
Building a LGBT Community in the UK
K 2.31 (Nash Lecture Theatre)

Queer Asia and Queer@King’s present an evening with three leaders of the Asian LGBT community in the UK as they reflect on the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of working to bring together queer voices in the British diaspora. Panelists include Laks Mann, co-founder of Gaysians, DJ Ritu, hosting Club Kali for the past 17 years, and Hsien Chew, the coordinator for Proud Voices Asia.

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 18:00
Queer@King’s Reading Group: Experiments in Documentary
Old Committee Room 

Halberstam, The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Hammer, Watch at Your Own Peril (from Unwatchable, 2019)

(The reading materials will be provided via this newsletter – stay tuned!)

Screening: Nitrate Kisses, Hammer (1992)

Sexuality and History: current perspectives
Wednesday February 27th, 13:00- 14:30
S3.40 Strand Campus

A Faculty of Arts & Humanities roundtable for LGBT History Month (February). Dan Orrells (Classics), Laura Gowing (History), Clara Bradbury-Rance (Liberal Arts) and Vicky Carroll (English) will share some of our current approaches to teaching and researching sexuality in the past. Open to anyone interested – please come for the whole event or drop in as it suits you.

Film screening: Milk
16:00 – 19:00, Wednesday 27th February 2019

You are invited to join us in celebrating the end of LGBT History Month with a screening of Gus Van Sant’s 2008 film Milk. Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk an activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.

The screening will start at 16.00 and include a drinks reception.

Thursday 28 February, 18:00
Queer Classics with Queer@King’s
K -1.14, King’s Building, Strand Campus, KCL

Why are lesbians called ‘lesbians’? What is ‘Greek love’? Were the Ancient Greeks and Romans ‘all bisexual’? Who was the Hermaphroditus? Was the emperor Elagabalus trans?

LGBTQ+ identities are often thought to be modern inventions, but queer desires, bodies, and selves have existed in many forms since ancient times. Queer@King’s invites you to join our researchers in Queer Classics for an informal evening of spotlight talks on Queerness and Greco-Roman Antiquity, followed by discussion. Anyone with an interest in LGBT+ History is warmly invited to come along!

Please sign up for this event here.

Disability History Month 2018

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights. Disability History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 2010, and this year’s theme is Disability and Music.

UK Disability History Month logo

2018 UK Disability History Month Film Screening

Monday 26 November 2018, 11.0am-4.00pm
The Studio (South East Wing)
Bush House, 300 Strand, London, WC2R 1AE

We are pleased to announce  we will be screening two short films to celebrate 2018 UK Disability History Month. The films will screen throughout the day on Monday 26 November 2018, 11.0am-4.00pm. Films are screening on the loop between 11.00am-4.00pm….no booking needed and is an informal/relaxed event. Come along to watch and bring a friend with you! This film screening is brought to you in partnership between King’s Diversity & Inclusion, Disability Support and King’s Student Union.

Whisper support is available for those with visual impairments  – please contact  Stephanie Baum at Stephanie.baum@kcl.ac.uk or 0207848 8572.

Directed by Brad Bailey

Hale, is a student Oscar award winning, and BAFTA nominated short film about Hale Zukas, 73, who has had cerebral palsy since birth. He attended the University of California at Berkeley during the height of the Free Speech Movement. He was one of the founding members of the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, the first group of its kind in the world dedicated to advocate for the rights of disabled people. Berkeley is the birthplace of the disability movement, and the work started by Hale and others in the 1970’s forever changed how the world looks at disability. Today, he continues to advocate for disability rights worldwide. This film chronicles the current life and history of a disability rights pioneer.

Please note this film discusses suicide.

The documentary has English subtitles.

Jeremy the Dud
Directed by Ryan Chamley

Jeremy the Dud is an Australian comedy set in a world where everyone has a disability, and those that don’t are treated with prejudice, stigma and condescending attitudes people with disabilities continue to face in society today. The main character Jeremy is a “Dud”, or “without specialty”. He has been living in assisted government housing his whole life after the death of his parents when he was young. Now, too old for assisted living, he is off to live with his Auntie and cousins and ready to make something of himself. The only trouble is the outside world isn’t very accepting of “Duds”.

The documentary has English subtitles.

Disability Community Hub

Tuesday 27 November 2018
11am – 2pm
Great Hall at the Strand Campus (accessible map)

Disability Community Hub is the place to be for disability history month! A small fair where different networks , associations and student societies celebrating and tackling the different challenges in the disabled students community.

Come speak to Money Mentors, Mental Health Peer Mentor, Student Advice, Welfare Advisors, Careers & Employability as well as a bunch of student societies.

Come and get more information on how to get involve, how to make changes, employment possibilities and more!

King’s Choir performance and workshop with British Sign Language interpretation

Wednesday 28th November
1.00pm -2.00 pm
Bush House Arcade, King’s College London, Strand, WC2B 4PJ (accessible map)

On Wednesday 28th November, the King’s Staff Choir will be holding an open session to celebrate Disability History Month. They will perform songs from their repertoire, accompanied by a BSL interpreter, and will then open the session for everyone to get involved and learn a new song with support from the interpreter.

KCL LGBT+ – Margarita with a Straw Screening

Thursday 29 November 2018
6pm – 9pm
 S-1.06, Strand campus

For Disability History Month, your Disabilities Officer and People of Colour (PoC) Open Officer are collaborating and hosting a movie night! Come along to S 1.06, Strand Campus for a screening of ‘Margarita with A Straw’- a fantastic movie about a bisexual Indian woman with cerebral palsy, who studies abroad and also falls in love.

As always, there’ll be veggie and vegan snacks, the space will be accessible and the safe space policy is in place!

Disability Inclusion Network Ideas Lunch

Friday 30th November
G.80, FWB Waterloo campus (accessible map)

We are excited to announce the Disability Inclusion Working Group is re-launching as King’s Disability Inclusion Network! We are hosting an ideas meeting to get members together and develop the network’s aims. If you are interested in taking part and finding out more, please come along on Friday 30 Nov, .

Please register your interest here.
For more information, contact samina.zaman@kcl.ac.uk.

#PurpleLightUp at the Science Gallery

31st November – 3rd December 2018
Science Gallery, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU
Accessible maps and information

To celebrate the  International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd December, the new King’s Science Gallery is lighting up purple as part of a national campaign to recognise and celebrate people with disabilities. First launched by the United Nations in 1992, it’s now a globally recognised date that brings together a united voice to celebrate and empower disabled people. Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7.

True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard.

The Science Gallery and King’s College London are proud to support #PurpleLightUp to rally awareness in a global call to action.

Disability workshops

Monday 3rd December 3 2018
2:00 pm – 5:00pm
Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guys Campus (accessible map here)

King’s Students are pleased to announce they are hosting a series of workshops for students and staff to explore disability in Higher Education with a focus on language. This event aims to bring together the wider King’s community to help raise awareness of experiences and approaches, and celebrate our differences and similarities! The event will also mark the launch of King’s new Disability Peer Mentoring Fund, an exciting initiative to help students get involved in inclusive practices at King’s.

More info and booking here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disability-workshops-tickets-52819988006

King’s Artist Dr Kai Syng Tan: ‘Brisk /Risks’ open mic event

Tuesday 04 December 2018
6pm – 8pm
 Arcade at Bush House, King’s College London, Strand, WC2B 4PJ   (accessible map)

What’s the riskiest thing you have ever done? What do you dream of doing but dare not? Do you dare share something that you’ve never told anyone else before? Go on – what’s the worst that can happen?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is popularly associated with inattention and being easily distracted. Yet its other features such as hyperactivity, mind wandering, impulsivity and risk-taking are less discussed beyond specialist contexts. Brisk/Risks is a fun, accessible and engaging evening exploring risk-taking within and beyond the framework of ADHD.

The evening takes the format of an open mic. We invite attendees to stand in front of a colorful tapestry in the exhibition and respond to any of the strands listed above by sharing a lived experience, improvise a joke or tell a story. The tapestry is itself a fantastical landscape conjured by the hyperactive, ADHD mind of an artist. Speakers can draw on elements of the tapestry, shout, scream, sing, rap, whistle. Do it in pairs, alone, with strangers and fellow attendees. Jump, jog on the spot, face away from the camera. Be creative. Push the boat out. Be brisk – each speaker is given four and a half minutes.

Guest speakers: Professor Philip Asherson (King’s College London), artist Mike Barrett, Andrea Bilbow OBE (Executive Founder of ADDISS, ADHD Information Services), medical humanities scholar Dr. Sophie Jones (Birkbeck University), and artist Dr. Kai Syng Tan (King’s College London).

Register your place here! 

Understanding Neurodiversity: an introduction in the Higher Education context and beyond

Fri 14 December 2018
12:00 – 2:00pm
Small Lecture Theatre, Main IoPPN Building (accessible map )

As part of UK Disability History Month 2018, we are bringing together artists, academic researchers and students to explore the concept of neurodiversity through video, panel discussion and interactive Q&A. Join us at this event to gain a better understanding of the boundaries between neurodiverse and neurotypical behaviours, how art can contribute to better awareness of neurodiversity, and in which ways KCL can offer support. This event is open to KCL staff and students.

You will also have the opportunity to join the new Disability Inclusion Working Group and Neurodiversity Peer Support Group.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please contact ioppn.inclusion@kcl.ac.uk if you have any access or dietary requirements.

Register your attendance here. 

Black History Month 2018

Black History Month aims of raise awareness of 500 years of Black History in the UK, highlighting the many positive Black contributions to British society, and the heighten confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.

Established in the UK by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo in 1987 to celebrate African identity and culture, this year marks its 31st celebration and a whole month of events at King’s celebrating and promoting the history of Black British identity as well as our own black staff and students. KCLSU is also celebrating Black History Month with a series of amazing events across October.

Race Equality at King’s: Dialogue into Action

King’s has developed a Race Equality Action Plan to lay the groundwork for our submission to the Race Equality Chartermark, a framework which helps us understand and progress race equality. Across October, we are running a series of consultation workshops to detail how our plans will address the issues facing BME staff and support the development of a more inclusive curricula – all staff and students of any ethnicity welcome!

Professor Hakim Adi: Pan-Africanism Book Launch and Conversation
Monday 1st October
17:30 – 18:30
History Department Open Space, 8th Floor, Strand Building

Please join Professor Hakim Adi from Chichester University for the launch of his new book Pan-Africanism: A History (Bloomsbury, 2018). Professor Adi will give a brief presentation of the themes of the book, and then be in conversation with Theo Williams (PhD candidate) and Dr Alana Harris on the legacies of the Pan-African movement and its salience for contemporary anti-racist initiatives and activism.

A Toolkit for Activist Historians: Exhibition Launch and Panel Presentation: Amelia Francis, Ayomide Oluyemi and Ijeoma Peter
Tuesday 2nd October
17:30 – 18:30
History Department Open Space, 8th Floor, Strand Building

The Young Historians Project (YHP) is a collective that aims to encourage young people of African and Caribbean descent to engage in history as an academic subject.

Join YHP’s Amelia Francis, Ayomide Oluyemi and Ijeoma Peter for a discussion about the ways in which history can be used as a vital platform for BME activism. As the historical discipline pivots around the study of change, this event is an opportunity to reflect on how a history degree can be a tool for those striving for societal change.

YHP’s debut project, ‘We Are Our Own Liberators’, documents the legacy of the Black Liberation Front (BLF), a British Black Power organisation active between 1971-93. A BLF exhibition will be on display at KCL from the 2nd to 12th October.

Wednesday 10 October
IoPPN Robin Murray A & B

This event will explore the importance of representation and how it can be applied to the IoPPN.

The Incident workshop: Uncovered and Explored
Wednesday 10 October
FWB 2.48, Waterloo Campus

This workshop put on my the Student Forum, IOPPN D&I and the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy will use drama and play to explore and challenge the social complexities created by constructs of racism, power and privilege.

The Power of Possibility and Self-belief – Black History Month Panel & Networking Event
Monday 15 October
18:30 – 20:30
8th Floor, Bush House, London WC2B 4BG

MyKindaFuture and Kings College are co-hosting an event bringing together inspirational speakers from KPMG, Civil Service, ITN and Faculty of Actuaries, to inspire and motivate students from universities around the UK. Join us for an inspirational evening with a chance to pose your questions to the panel and enjoy networking over drinks and nibbles.

When We Ruled Seminar
Monday 15 October
IoPPN Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Robin Walker, also known as The Black History Man, is the foremost historian and writer on all matters related to ancient and medieval African history. As requested from his talk in 2017, Robin will provide an insight into the rich, yet little known history of pre-colonial East and South African civilisations.

#BlackAcademicsAtKings Meet & Greet
Wednesday 17th October
13:00 – 16:00

The King’s Doctoral Students Association (KDSA) is launching a #BlackAcademicsAtKings initiative for Black History Month. This initiative seeks to engage black students and academics across the nine faculties at King’s. This initiative includes an online campaign, such as a website (www.blackacademicsatkings.co.uk) and social media posts, which will launch on 1 October. The Meet & Greet is an informal gathering to engage students and academics in interactive activities and dialogue regarding student experiences.


Fighting SUS: Resisting and Repealing Stop and Search
An ‘On the Record’ Production, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
24th October, 18:30 – 20:00
Bush House, Lecture Theatre One
King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS

“In England and Wales, the ‘sus law’ became the informal name for section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 which permitted a police officer to stop and potentially convict individuals as ‘suspected persons.’ Section 4 was repealed in 1981 following uprisings in Brixton.”

Why was a Victorian vagrancy act, intended to prevent ‘begging, showing wounds’ and ‘telling fortunes’, used to criminalise minority groups in the 1970s and 1980s? Who brought a stop to it? Who is under suspicion today?

Fighting SUS is a youth-led oral history project which has investigated the near 200 year history of this law and its legacy in Britain today through oral histories with individuals affected by the sus law as well as evidence in archives such as the Bishopsgate Institute, National Archive and George Padmore Institute.

Fighting SUS present an evening of discussion and creative responses to this history.

Speakers include: FIGHTING SUS participants; Patrice Etienne (PhD candidate, King’s History) and Amal Ali from the Y-Stop project and app and Mike Franklin:

Mike Franklin is the former Commissioner with the Independent Police Complaints Commission and HM Assistant Inspector of Constabulary and has acted as a Specialist Assistant Inspector, Race and Diversity across 43 police forces in England and Wales. Mike was Chair of the Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth and also served on the TUC race relations committee. Mike is currently an Independent Member of the Ministry of Defence Police Committee (Professional Standards Lead) and a Non Executive Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

‘Navigating ‘Success’ in Academia as a Woman of Colour
Wednesday 24 October
16:00 – 18:00
Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London NW1 1ST

For Black British Academics and the Black Sister Network, ‘success’ is not an individual pursuit, but a collective mission fought through sisterhood and solidarity. ‘Success’ is about self-valuation and self-empowerment and not about career progression for the lucky few, but for all.

This presentation during Black History Month is an appropriate time for us to reflect from a Black Feminist Standpoint, on what the subtle and covert barriers to race and gender equality are and how we can tackle them collectively for sustainable change.

As spaces are limited and for security reasons, please could we ask those who are interested in attending to please register for the event using our Eventbrite page. Please note that pre-registration for the event is required. The Eventbrite link and password details are outlined below.

Black Panther: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Wednesday 24 October
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, main IoPPN Building

Following the success of last year’s screening of Hidden Figures, this year the REN is showing Black Panther. The screening will be followed by a panel exploring Hollywood’s traditional reluctance to make Afrocentric films, claiming they wouldn’t attract a sufficient audience and whether Black Panther’s success has permanently disrupted this narrative, creating conditions for a more inclusive industry and a wider range of films.

Black History Month – Movie Screening:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Thursday 25th October
18:00 – 20:00
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Hodgkins Building, Guy’s Campus
Hosted by
 KCL Women in STEM Society

In celebration of Black History Month, KCL Women in STEM society would like to invite all members and non-members to a free screening of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, which is about a Black American woman who becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

The Black Narrative
18:30 – 21:30
30th October
Lecture Theatre 2
New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
King’s College London
London SE1 1UL

A night dedicated to looking at what the black narrative is for second generation “Britons” & others of African Caribbean descent with particular focus on what it means to be “Black British African & Black British Caribbean”. The event will also explore the types of narratives that have/should be passed on amongst the African and Caribbean community.

With guest speakers Syreeta Allen, Patrick Vernon OBE, Mike Omoniyi and Sharon Akaka. This is not an event to be missed!!

Black British History Month Quiz

To celebrate Black British History Month, The DIGI.T. team is organizing a Quiz Night in Lavington Kitchen area on the 30th October starting at 17:15. We welcome everyone to get involved by either joining a team or entering individually. Participants who want to be in a team have the option to form their own teams of max 4 teammates or be placed in a team on the night.

IoPPN Weekly BHM films – 1pm
The weekly films shown on a Wednesday afternoon will be based on themes surrounding race or showcase the work of black film directors, actresses and actors.

  • Wednesday 3 October at the Small Lecture Theatre – Training Day, as selected by the winners of the REN Welcome Quiz
  • Wednesday 10 October at the Robin Murray A Lecture Theatre – TBC
  • Wednesday 17 October at the Robin Murray B Lecture Theatre – TBC
  • Wednesday 24 October at the Robin Murray B Lecture Theatre – TBC

It Stops Here is a collaborative campaign by King’s College London and KCLSU and began as a movement to challenge sexual harassment on campus. The campaign aims to empower members of the King’s community to help build an environment where everyone feels welcome, supported and safe regardless of who they are.

It Stops Here has now been extended to include all forms of bullying and harassment, with a particular focus on religious hate crime. The funding presents an exciting opportunity to build on the work already established around prevention and responses to bullying and harassment – to recognize the needs of religious communities within King’s, particularly focusing on incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia.

The expansion of It Stops Here reflects the importance King’s places on ensuring an institution-wide, comprehensive and systemic approach to tackling and monitoring harassment, bullying, hate crime and discrimination– Sarah Guerra, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

It Stops Here is a collaborative campaign by King’s College London and KCLSU and began as a movement to challenge sexual harassment on campus. The campaign aims to empower members of the King’s community to help build an environment where everyone feels welcome, supported and safe regardless of who they are.

It Stops Here has now been extended to include all forms of bullying and harassment, with a particular focus on religious hate crime. The funding presents an exciting opportunity to build on the work already established around prevention and responses to bullying and harassment – to recognize the needs of religious communities within King’s, particularly focusing on incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia.

This reflects work taking place nationally in response to the UUK’s Changing the Culture report which set out a range of recommendations for universities around institutional responses to violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.

Operating as part of a collaborative network with the ten other universities receiving the funding and led by the Diversity & Inclusion team, King’s will work with staff and students across the institution including various faith communities and the chaplaincy at King’s, to understand better their experiences.

This will include work to establish and strengthen reporting mechanisms and support new infrastructure and facilities. The team will also work to build awareness, understanding and tolerance of different faiths and how discrimination occurs by enhancing existing training programmes for students and staff. This includes peer-led active bystander training for students, which encourages people to feel confident in taking steps to stop a situation from escalating, and disclosure training for staff. There will also be a programme of collaborative events with faith communities and student leaders.

It Stops Here will also look at developing responses to politically-motivated hate crime which targets students of a particular religion or belief. This work will all feed in to university-wide policies around student misconduct and improving data collection for monitoring. This project will be supported by two internships for King’s students next summer.

Sarah Guerra, Director of Diversity & Inclusion commented following the funding announcement: ‘We are proud to have a diverse and vibrant community at King’s College London and we are working hard to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion are a reality and embedded into all aspects of King’s life and work.

‘The expansion of It Stops Here reflects the importance King’s places on ensuring an institution-wide, comprehensive and systemic approach to tackling and monitoring harassment, bullying, hate crime and discrimination.’

Strength of a Woman: Press for Progress for International Women’s Day 2018

​The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is Press for Progress. Across the world, women are making positive and empowered progress every day. All progress, however small or ordinary it may seem, is one more positive step towards reaching gender equality.

In this spirit, the Arts & Sciences Directorate at King’s College London is hosting parallel talks on Wednesday 7 March 2018, as well as an exhibition on 7 and 8 March. Inspired by the IWD 2018 theme, this event will explore stories of progress achieved by women, celebrating their lives, experiences and their legacies. We will hear from staff and students from across Arts and Humanities, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Social Science and Public Policy.

The talks take place on Wednesday 7 March, 1 -2:15pm in the Edmund Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Building.

Film Screening: Hidden Figures 

Join King’s College London societies, Women in Dentistry and Women in STEM, to celebrate International Women’s Day with a screening of the iconic film Hidden Figures, followed by a networking drinks reception on the Terrace on Thursday the 8th March.

We invite professionals, academics and students of all genders and ethnicities. Please remember to bring along photographic ID.

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Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory

At this event, participants will be introduced to Feminist Legal Theory and how this strand of scholarship has not only attempted to expose the ways the law perpetuates gender inequalities, but also whether, and if so how, the law might be an instrument with which to achieve gender justice and equality.

Transnational Legal Feminism Seminar

For the final class of the Transnational Legal Feminism module for LLM students, the conveners have organised a panel event specifically on feminism activism, considered through an intersectional and transnational lens. Transnational legal feminism challenges and critiques Western ideas of ‘global’ or ‘international’ feminisms. It challenges the idea that women’s experiences around the world can be united under one umbrella of ‘global’ feminism. It argues for a feminism that considers the different subjectivities and ideas of women around the globe as influenced by distinctive cultures, histories and beliefs.

Film Screening: Suffragette

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine is hosting a screening of the film Suffragette on the 8th March, from 4.30pm in room 5.132 in FWB, Waterloo Campus.

Florence Nightingale: An Icon for Today?

Presented by Anne Marie Rafferty, Professor of Nursing Policy at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London. In her talk, Professor Rafferty will explain how the legacy of Nightingale lives on, making her an icon for today. Find out about Nightingale’s character – what made her tick as a person? How did this impact her contribution to healthcare? Discover the legacy of her work in its varied contributions to health and beyond.

Women in Science – Our Space, Our Legacies

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine is launching Women in Science – Our Space, Our Legacies and asking staff and students  to submit their suggestions of prominent women who have worked either in King’s or locally, whose work has made a historic impact in the fields of medicine and bioscience. Nominees cannot be people wo are currently employed at King’s, however they can be any women, alive or dead, whose legacy has had impact for King’s or our society/community more widely.

Participants can submit their nominations to diversity-folsm@kcl.ac.uk before the 8th April along with a statement about why they are nominating the individual. Winners will be chosen by members of the Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group and will be invited to a celebratory reception.

LGBT+ History Month at King’s was marked by a plethora of screenings, workshops and celebrations including the rainbow flag flying over the Maughan Library, thanks to the LGBT+ Staff Network!

You can find out more about our work around LGBT+ by checking out our Guidance and Resources pages, including our new Trans Matters Toolkit,  and connecting with the LGBT+ Staff Network. 

It Stops Here Fortnight

29th January – 9th March 2018

From the 29th January to the 9th February, King’s celebrated It Stops Here Fortnight to raise the profile of King’s zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence, harassment and bullying through Student Ambassador events and to celebrate the launch of new student and staff training products at King’s.

The fortnight was marked with a range of student-led events run in collaboration with KCLSU societies, with a screening of the Hunting Ground documentary and a ‘Can’t Touch This’ club night at Guy’s Bar.

Previously only available to new first-year students, King’s launched Consent Matters university-wide so that now all members of the campus community can take the course, pledging to educate themselves about consent and sexual harassment. Consent Matters is an online module that will help students understand how they can make a positive change through respectful relationships, sexual consent and bystander intervention.

For staff, King’s launched the It Stops Here Training Academy, an interactive online hub and comprehensive resource dedicated to harassment and sexual violence disclosure response training and resources for academic and professional services staff at King’s. The It Stops Here Training Academy includes the online course Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence, It Stops Here Classroom Toolkit as well as information and resources to equip King’s staff to adequately and confidently respond to other forms of harassment, including homophobic, transphobic and racially motivated harassment, and provides advice on reporting and support services at King’s.

Since September last year, the response to the It Stops Here training products has been largely positive, with 680 students completing Consent Matters and 42 members of staff participating in the It Stops Here Training Academy within a fortnight of the launch.  With the #metoo movement dominating social media and news headlines, we are encouraging all staff and students to take the training courses, as well as Active Bystander  and Disclosure Response training and support consent education and safe interventions to make the King’s campus community a safer place.

Disability History Month 2017

On Thursday the 14th November, King’s D&I celebrated Disability History Month, hosting a short film breakfast screening in the Arcade at Bush House and in the IoPPN Canteen in Denmark Hill. With the 2017 theme as art, we sought to showcase the experience of various visible and invisible disabilities through the medium of short film, all from the perspective of the people with disabilities themselves.

For those who couldn’t make it, you can access the films (with subtitles) on Youtube:

A time lapse of me mouth painting by Henry Fraser

I had a black dog, his name was depression by World Health Organisation

My First Guide Dog – A life changing experience by Daniel Williams

King’s Disability Advisory Service: Nine tips for students by students