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Your handy guide to KCLSU Networks

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What are KCLSU Networks?

KCLSU Networks are platforms for collaboration, connection and creating change. Their focus is enhancing the experience of students facing oppression, discrimination and inequality on a local and national level. They do this by working with societies, hosting events, and promoting Liberation Months with the SU to educate students.

What different kinds of Networks are there?

KCLSU is home to eight different KCLSU Networks:

  • Disabled Students Network - represents all students who have a disability. Including those with physical, mental, physiological and neurological health differences. 
     
  • International Students Network - represents all international students attending King’s, and aims to welcome, support and empower them to feel heard and understood in a new environment.
     
  • LGBT+ Network – represents all LGBT+ students. University life can be difficult for LGBTQ+ students, but the LGBT+ Network is here to ensure that you feel supported and to help you make your experience more positive.
     
  • People of Colour Network - represents all King's students who identify as people of colour. Their aim is to provide a platform and community for POC students to feel comfortable, included, and heard. They campaign to ensure POC voices and identities are acknowledged at King's.
     
  • Women’s Network - represents all female students on campus and supports them with their concerns. They aim to build a community for women, where opportunities are not limited by gender boundaries and no female is denied their rights on campus. The Network stands to advance the voice of female students and act as a platform for promoting their interests.

 

  • Family (Parent and Carers) Networkrepresents parents and carers who are also studying at King’s. Many student parents and carers face difficulties and have little support. The Network aims to support students through difficulties they may encounter from financial to mental health difficulties.
     
  • First Generation Network - represents students who are first to attend university from their immediate family. Transitioning and adapting to university life is an obviously challenging experience for everyone, but this is particularly the case for such students.
     
  • Mature Students Network - represents students at King’s who started their study after a period of time out of full-time education. Typically, this will mean students who are over 21 years of age at the beginning of their undergraduate studies, or over 25 years of age at the beginning of their postgraduate studies. The Network aims to support mature students through their particular challenges - be that from the social elements, to how to manage the workload.

 

What is a Network Officer?

Network Officers work with their communities to represent students within the Union, collaborating with the College and taking student views to a national level with NUS. It is a part-time, voluntary role for one year. You can find out who your Network Officers are this year, and click their names to read their manifestos, below:

Luke White (Mature Students Network Officer)

Hasaan Amin (Families Network Officer)

Samira Isaak (First Generation Network Officer)

Saffana Siddique (International Students Network Officer)

Martina Chen (LGBT+ Students Network Officer)

Muhammad Arslan Zafar (People of Colour Network Officer)

Priya P M (Womens Network Officer)

The position of Disabled Students Network Officer is currently vacant, and those who identify as a disabled student will be able to run for the place. The second LGBT+ Students Network Officer role is also vacant, and is looking for students who self-identify as Trans to fill the place. 

 

How can I get involved with Student Networks?

Network Officers are always keen to hear from you about how your experience at King’s can be enhanced, as well as how to support you in their role. You can find their contact information on each of the Student Network pages.

Getting involved with Student Networks is a great way to connect with others, highlight current issues and empower students to act collectively to bring about change and make a difference. To get involved, please email representation@kclsu.org and we'll get back to you soon.