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UCL is committed to action for equality.
"Given its Benthamite origins and pioneering tradition, it would be totally incomprehensible for UCL not to be committed to an intelligent Equal Opportunities programme" - The UCL Provost.
To aide UCL in the application of these commitments it has a number of policies in place:
- Equalities Web Site
- Disability Equality
- Access to Work
- Gender Equality
- Race Equality Policy
- Religion and Belief Guidance
- Sexual Orientation
- Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officers (DEOLO's)
The Equalities web site has everything you need to know about Equalities at UCL.
This document outlines UCL's policy on applicants for employment, disabled employees and UCL's compliance with the employment-related requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 and 2005.
Access to Work is a programme run by the Department of Work and Pensions and provides support to disabled people to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from their disability, if this is likely to last for 12 months or longer.
UCL aims to promote gender equality in all its operations and to prevent unlawful gender discrimination. It aims through this policy and other strategic policies to promote diversity, fairness, justice and equality of access and opportunity, identify any barriers to progress, expose inequalities and their underlying causes and take remedial and preventative action.
New initiatives in the scheme and plan, which UCL has developed in consultation with its trade unions and with male and female staff and students, include a sabbatical term without teaching commitments for research active academics returning from maternity leave, a mentoring scheme for research and non-academic staff, the promotion of work-life balance and a workplace culture that supports family, childcare and carer responsibilities, and the broadening of the membership of UCL committees, to achieve gender balance at all levels.
UCL aims to promote race equality in all its operations, to celebrate the diversity of its staff and student populations and to prevent unlawful race discrimination.
It is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their religion or beliefs and this guidance helps staff to take some practical steps in ensuring that all staff are treated fairly and without discrimination whatever their religious beliefs. This includes the provision of a multi faith contemplation room available for UCL members of staff and registered students. This room is situated in Hut 34, on the path leading from the Bernard Katz Building at the South Junction towards the Henry Morley Building. Its opening hours are 8.30am to 6pm.
Lesbians, gay and bisexual (LGB) people and sometimes those perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual, experience homophobia, hostility, harassment or prejudice which can go unrecognised and discrimination which is often unchallenged. The statement entitled: Sexual Orientation - recognition and awareness of the discrimination facing lesbians, gay and bisexual people outlines the form that this type of discrimination can take and what UCL is doing to ensure that this does not take place. UCL has an LGBT staff mailing list where you can network with other LGBT staff. Click here for more information and to subscribe to the mailing list.
A DEOLO's role is to be a point of contact for staff in their department who wish to raise or resolve issues which are related to Equal Opportunities. Every department at UCL is expected to have a DEOLO.