One of our key priorities at the Institute is to ensure that all our Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and staff are welcomed and supported. Our areas of research and teaching mean that we are a highly international community, with our students and staff coming from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds.
This commitment is also shared by UCL, which was one of only eight institutions to receive a Race Equality Charter Mark Bronze Award for its work in Higher Education, an award that was renewed in 2020.
As part of its self-assessment process, UCL has identified a significant awarding gap between home BAME students obtaining a "good" final degree result at undergraduate level when compared to home white students. At the Institute, we do not have these numbers yet since our first undergraduate cohort will graduate in 2021. Once data are available, we will derive an action plan to eliminate any awarding gap identified.
In the meantime, we are seeking to increase our recruitment of BAME students and staff, and we are working with our current staff to continue develop courses and events that reflect the diversity of our department.
The fact that the Institute and our programmes were developed relatively recently has allowed us to embed diversity at the heart of our curriculum design from the very start. We are now working to continually improve year on year, based on data and feedback from staff and students.
Key Contacts and Resources
- Sandy Ogundele is the current Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer.
- Students can join the UCLU BME Network by signing up to their Facebook page. You can also follow the Decolonise UCL page, which provides information on three linked UCLU campaigns Decolonise Education, Decolonise the Mind and Decolonise the Institution.
- Race Equality & Race Equality Steering Group
- Both the Institute of the Americas and UCL have a zero-tolerance policy with regard to Racial and Xenophobic Harassment, and key contacts can be found in the hyperlink. Even if you are not directly affected, but have seen someone else being harassed, do not let it go unchallenged by becoming an Active Bystander.
- RaceMatters@UCL is for networking, peer support, sharing ideas and articles of interest, forging scholarly connections and collaborations, organising formal and social events, and positively influencing policy and practice on ‘race’ equality at UCL
- The Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation explores the impact of racism - scientific, metaphysical and cultural. It is based in the Faculty's Institute of Advanced Studies.
- Links to UCL-wide support and resources, including mentoring schemes and educational resources can be found on the UCL Race Equality webpage
- Links to resources in and around London can be found here: Support for BME Students