Katie is the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Undergraduate Modular Suite at Imperial College Business School, which encompasses the Summer School, Horizions and Business for Professionals of Engineering and Science (BPES) modules. This profile was produced for Diverse@Imperial 2017.
What do you feel Imperial does well in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion?
In its efforts to go above and beyond current legislation, Imperial demonstrates a genuine commitment towards maintaining a fully inclusive environment in which there is equality of opportunity for all irrespective of background. In particular, the introduction of talent development programmes such as IMPACT and Calibre showcases Imperial's pride in employing and nurturing a workforce as diverse as the student community it serves.
If you could improve one thing at Imperial, what would it be?
I would suggest that improvements to our current infrastructure are required to ensure greater accessibility and autonomy for blind and visually impaired students. Another idea would be to install NVDA (free screen-reading software) on College PCs so as to facilitate affected students’ day-to-day learning.
What would you do it you didn’t have to come to work tomorrow?
Indulge in at least one, if not all, of my favourite hobbies: long walks, long talks and random adventures both home and away.
"One of the most satisfying elements of my role is seeing Summer School alumni subsequently return to the Business School to pursue postgraduate study. To think that their Summer School experience may have been a catalyst for such an important decision makes me incredibly proud of the work we do."
What is your guilty pleasure?
The Chase on ITV.
What advice would you give to your 18 year-old self?
Savour being 18 and visit the dentist more regularly – your wisdom teeth will cause you grief in the future!