We are the campaign for A Disability-Just KCL.
Our aim is to end King's strategic inefficiency and create dignity for vulnerable students.
We will raise awareness about the issues vulnerable students face in accessing support and adjustments to enable their participation at King's, and push for concrete goals to alleviate these issues.
We use the term vulnerable students to reflect the wide variety of experiences that might mean a student requires additional support, including but not limited to neurodiversity, disability, mental health, physical health, homelessness, experiences of abuse or other crimes, financial hardship and bereavement.
We are calling for:
- King's to employ an external specialist to audit student support services and consult with vulnerable students to make recommendations for improvements.
- Making complaints procedures accessible and fostering a culture of belief and accountability.
- Supervisors & personal tutors to be trained and regularly refreshed on what support, access and flexible study options are available & made accountable for understanding the disability or health needs of their students to ensure they are getting the support they need.
- More funding and staff for disability services.
- Giving disability services the power to enforce King’s Inclusion Plans & hold faculties and departments accountable to them.
- Taking a person/student-centred approach to support – assigning a named person with an understanding of all support services (housing, welfare, disability, hardship funding etc.) to coordinate support for students with disability or complex needs.
- Expanding and improving the Student of Concern team & ensuring staff know how and when to raise a student of concern report.
- Pay the £60 compensation per month of delay - students whose appeal and complaint outcomes are delayed receive £60 compensation per month of delay and we request parity for disabled students whose reasonable adjustments are delayed by the College, paid directly to students without further barriers.
- Promoting consultation and feedback from students in vulnerable positions.
- Ensuring all teaching staff have access to their students King’s Inclusion Plans so that reasonable adjustments can be implemented.
Support the Campaign
This petition has now passed the 50 signature threshold to become a Union Campaign, and we are in the process of building our campaign team and strategy. You can continue to show your support and sign up for email updates by signing the petition below.
Share your story
We are gathering evidence of the experiences of vulnerable students trying to access support and adjustments at King's, to show that the frequent administrative failings we encounter are not one-off errors and instead amount to a systemic failure that requires long-term, structural solutions. If you have experienced trying or failing to access student support at King's, share your story and help hold the University to account here.
Please note, this survey will be used to build evidence and relationships that will strengthen our campaign, not to provide support with your individual situation. You can get individual support from a trained caseworker, including support with accessing support services and making complaints and appeals, from KCLSU Advice.
Come to a Campaign Meeting
Book your free ticket for our open campaign meeting on 1st February 5 - 6.30pm to learn more about these issues and what you can do to stand up for vulnerable students at King's.
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