Inclusivity policy group
The Inclusivity Policy Group (IPG) is concerned with supporting inclusive practice in Clinical Psychology training at Lancaster. It is driven by the value that training, clinical practice and the use of Clinical Psychology services must be accessible to all who can benefit and/or make a contribution. We seek to provide an environment where trainees, staff and all stakeholders can flourish. Inclusivity is the basis for innovation and excellence and leads to robust and respectful practice. However, existing structures, procedures and communications can be experienced as excluding and support is sometimes needed to realise the benefits of diversity. The IPG's role is to be proactive in identifying positive ways to enable all trainees to reach their potential and to be vigilant for challenges to this.
- Monitors course activities e.g. admissions, teaching and placements, and provides a focus for checking that procedures enhance inclusivity rather than reduce it.
- Supports initiatives designed to address inequality and to raise awareness of the importance of inclusivity. This includes the annual trainee-led cross-cohort inclusivity event.
- Provides a hub to collect ideas and concerns of trainees, staff and LUPIN members to signal the need for new initiatives, procedures or modifications.
- Works to increase recruitment of clinical psychology applicants from a variety of cultural, racial, economic, religious and other minority backgrounds currently underrepresented in the clinical psychology profession. The aim of this Widening Participation work is to diversify the clinical psychology profession by disseminating information about how to become a clinical psychologist to sixth form schools and colleges that have large minority populations.
- The IPG's Chair updates the programme's Equality Scheme annually and reports on admissions data, through the lens of inclusivity.
The Inclusivity Policy Group (IPG) is comprised of the following:
- Members of the DClinPsy programme staff
- LUPIN members
- Trainee representatives from each year
Widening Participation activities
The Widening Participation Outreach Group at Lancaster University is passionate about inclusivity and as such we are interested in recruiting clinical psychology applicants from people who identify with a minority group. Our aim is to diversify the clinical psychology profession by disseminating information about how to become a clinical psychologist to sixth form schools and colleges that have large minority populations. Our outreach focuses on recruiting applicants from minority groups who are currently underrepresented in the clinical psychology profession - this is not limited to ethnic minorities, however they are certainly included.
Background and rationale
This is a national issue affecting all training courses. In 2016, 80% of total applicants were white, with 7% of Asian origin and 5% Black. 82% of applicants were female, 75% under 30 years of age, 89% heterosexual and 91% identified themselves as non-disabled.
What we've done so far
We have developed a leaflet about the profession and routes into training. With the help of the university's Widening Participation Officer, these have been sent with an accompanying letter to school and colleges identified as Widening Participation schools in Lancashire and Cumbria. We are inviting them to share the leaflet with students and request further information and input to link interested pupils with the course, for example by visiting the school to present a talk on clinical psychology as a career and the Lancaster DClinPsy.
We've been invited to talk about clinical psychology and the course at local schools, 6th Forms, and universities. This has been helpful in de-bunking some myths about admission requirements and sharing our ethos and commitment to diversifying the profession.