EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
UCL is proud of its radical history with respect to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Fostering a diverse learning and working environment that cultivates authenticity and inclusion is crucial to innovation and therefore the University’s success. Equality objectives are a key feature of the annual performance plans of each member of the Senior Management Team and individual members are held to account by the Provost. Objectives of UCL’s EDI Strategy include tackling under representation of female, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and Disabled staff in senior grades and improving the consistency of experience and support of staff and students around pregnancy, maternity, paternity, childcare and caring responsibilities. UCL is a founder member of the Athena SWAN Award scheme, seeking recognition for good employment practice for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in Higher Education to support the recruitment and retention of female students and staff. UCL’s success in this area has been acknowledged with the award of Athena SWAN Silver status for the university.
In 2015 UCL became one of the first universities in the UK to be formally recognised for its efforts to understand (and take steps to address) racialised inequalities in the academy and the University was one of only eight institutions to receive a Bronze award for the Race Equality Charter for higher education. The Race Equality Charter is a national scheme aimed at improving the representation, progression and success of BME staff and students within higher education. Its purpose is to inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to BME staff and students.
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