These conditions of service are only applicable for those staff employed at UCL Qatar

Equal Opportunities

UCL Qatar's equal opportunity policy is that in the recruitment, selection, education and assessment of students, and in the recruitment, selection, training, appraisal, development and promotion of staff, the only consideration must be that the individual meets, or is likely to meet, the requirements of the programme or post and is compliant with Qatari immigration. Staff of UCL Qatar are expected to take note of relevant Qatari laws(1) .

The requirements being met, no student or employee will be discriminated against on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, disability, marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, caring or parental responsibilities, age, or beliefs on matters such as religion and politics.

UCL Qatar is committed to provide a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected, and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment including bullying.

This Policy means that all students and employees of UCL Qatar have the right to study or work in an environment free from discrimination, prejudice and all forms of harassment or bullying.

UCL Qatar is committed to ensuring that this and other equalities policies are implemented promoted and monitored at an organisational and individual level. Cultural Awareness training will be provided for all staff and their families on joining UCL Qatar.


Factors such as sex, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnic origin, race, religion, colour, nationality, political beliefs, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, disability and age should not be taken into account for the purposes of:

Recruitment, appointment, training, appraisal, promotion, discipline etc.

Application to and acceptance on to a course of study, and assessment of academic performance

Selection for a course of study or for a job should be made solely on merit.

‘We wish to foster a positive cultural climate where all staff and students can flourish, where no-one will feel compelled to conceal or play down elements of their identity for fear of stigma. UCL will be a place where people can be authentic and their unique perspective, experiences and skills seen as a valuable asset to the institution.’ UCL Equality and Diversity Strategy 2015 – 2020

If you are interested in finding out more about any aspect of equal opportunities at UCL Qatar you can contact:

Head of Equalities & Diversity
Sarah Guise – + 44 (0) 20 3108 8889, email:

HR Director, UCL Qatar
Hannah Balogun –

Disability Services
Information, support and advice for disabled students

1 Qatari Law

You should note the following provisions of Qatari law:

Any intimacy in public between men and women (including teenagers) can lead to arrest.

Unmarried couples living together are not acceptable and unmarried partners will not be granted visas. Should circumstances occur and be brought to the attention of the local authorities deportation will almost certainly occur.

Homosexual behaviour is illegal in Qatar under the Penal Code (Act No. 11 of 2004) The penalty is up to seven years imprisonment for both female and male acts, though fines and/or deportation may also occur.

Qatari law does not recognise transgendered persons. You’ll usually be able to get a passport in your new name if you can provide documentary evidence detailing the date and circumstance of the name change. Contact the Identity and Passport Service for more information.

Advice on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons travelling overseas is available on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association website.