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January 2016 - Call for Nominations - Women at UCL: Presence and Absence

Have you been inspired or encouraged by a women working or studying at UCL? Or has a women at UCL made you think differently about your work or study? You are invited to nominate women who have had an impact on your own career, who have been an inspiration to you or who you have learnt from.  To mark International Women’s Day 2016, we would like to profile and celebrate the diversity of women at UCL. Your nominee could be at any stage in their career and could be a student, academic or professional services member of staff. More...

13 Aug 2015 - 'UCL awarded for its efforts to advance ‘race’ equality in pioneering new scheme'

'UCL has become one of the first universities in the UK to be formally awarded for its efforts to understand, and take steps to address, racialised inequalities in the academy. The university was only one of eight institutions to receive a Bronze award for a pioneering, national pilot of the Race Equality Charter for higher education.'

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Upcoming Events

LGBT History Month February 2016 - click here to view our flyer and here to view the full programme of events

RaceMatters@UCL Network launch

Details of the event are:
Time and Date: 4.30-6.30pm on Monday 8th February
Venue: Nunn Hall, IOE, 20 Bedford Way
Programme:
o    Welcome by Ms Marcia Jacks, Co-Chair of UCL Race Equality Steering Group
o    Why RaceMatters@UCL by Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, UCL Pro-Provost
o    Beyond Racial Gesture Politics: moving toward race equity in higher education, by Dr Nicola Rollock, University of Birmingham
o    Networking reception

Detailed information can be found here.

Please RSVP by 3 Feburary 2016 to Sonal at equalities@ucl.ac.uk, notifying us of any specific requirements.

Equalities & Diversity Blog

May 17 2013

Sir Stephen Wall, UCL Chair of Council, reflects on International Day Against Homophobia:

'IDAHO , famous for potatoes'. That, until a year ago, was as much as I knew: a thirty old recollection of an American car number plate.

IDAHO, as in International Day against Homophobia, sprang off the internet into my consciousness a year ago: an international day, marked by as many of us as possible in as many countries as possible. And, of course, our minds turn to people such as Bisi Alimi and John Bosco Nyombi, from Nigeria and Uganda respectively, who have both spoken at U C L in the last year: refugees because of their sexuality, brothers of ours who cannot, except in peril of their lives, return to their own countries.

But what about closer to home? I am not the most representative person to talk about coming out, having taken 40 years to pluck up the courage to do just that. But the discussions we have in the LGBT+ staff group, and the experiences of colleagues, suggest that being out as a gay or lesbian man or woman is still not straightforward. If I was 18 today, roughly the age when I knew that I was physically attracted to my own sex, there would be huge advances in law and attitudes to empower me. But what if I heard, as we have, the Anglican Archbishop of York compare the Government's same sex Marriage Bill to the actions of the worst dictators? Or the Archbishop of Lyon liken homosexuality to incest and, by implication, incite the faithful to violence against it? That would - does - make me feel that, even now, my sexuality can be distorted to confine, as well as define, me.

For me, UCL has been the open space I could come out into. Do we yet have a space wide enough to allow us all to spread our wings?

Stephen Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 01st February 2016