More support for student musicians
Submitted by Rebecca Bajaj
"University is a place where people should be able to thrive in all respects, whether that be academic or creative. That being said, I felt that King's does not do enough to support student musicians. I decided to rebrand The Kings Record as a platform where all students can perform, practise and share ideas with like-minded musicians. The support of KCLSU in providing more music opportunities for students has been wonderful - we were welcome with open arms to talk about future opportunities for students. Our recent event at Guy's Bar was a great success and this has definitely made a positive impact on students looking to get involved in the music scene at Kings." Picture from The King's Record opening night.
Toilets with douches
Submitted by Haider Abbas
Toilets with douches are needed for students who prefer to use them for religious and cultural reasons. Students from the Welfare Committee worked to ensure that these facilities would be incorporated into the plans for Bush House, and got assurances from KCL that they will be embedded into future refurbishment and planning.
Submitted by Shefali Singh
This initiative resulted in KCLSU’s first Doggy de-stress day and took place during exam time. Nearly 300 students turned up to meet the pups, and Doggy de-stress is now be a much-anticipated regular event.
All Doggy de-stress events for 2017/18 can be found in our KCLSU events listing.
"I came up with the idea of King's puppy therapy days after seeing friends from different universities attend ones and realizing that King's didn't offer them yet.
I'm a huge dog person and have my own husky, Nico, at home, so the idea of bringing dogs onto campus for students to pet seemed fun. We timed the first one to coincide with exam season in order to provide a cute opportunity to destress.
Seeing the long line of excited students on the day made all the work put in worth it - plus, we were able to raise a tonne of money for a local rescue charity and the dogs seemed like they really enjoyed all the attention too!"
Gender neutral toilets
In October 2015, the VP for Welfare and Community, LGBT+ officer, LGBT+ students and allies worked to get Gender neutral toilets included in KCLSU venues and in the Bush House development.
The initiative became a campus-wide project: after hearing testimonials from students at the open meeting, the University committed to rolling out gender neutral toilets across every campus. You can see a map of where they are on the KCL website.
Better Sports Storage
Submitted by Charlotte Burford
Charlotte proposed that students needed better access to the storage site in the West Wing. She worked with sports staff to resolve the issues and now activity groups have access to the site out of hours and more space has been allocated to sports storage.
More family friendly events
Submitted by Elizabeth Appiah-Kusi
Last year, Elizabeth pointed out that a lot of events exclude those with families and it can be as simple as starting events earlier to make student parents feel more part of the student community. Students have worked with KCLSU staff to make sure events are family friendly this year – for example, there was a room for parents and children at the Welcome Fair.