History of Art


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The UCL History of Art Department has a long and proud tradition of pushing the boundaries of the discipline, championing diversity and nurturing an inclusive culture through our teaching, research and public engagement work. 

We are one of the first Art History departments in the UK to pursue feminist studies, issues of class and inequality, and visual studies of difference.  Going hand in hand with our academic focus on diversity, our Department aims to create a supportive, open-minded and welcoming environment that reflects our values. History of Art have an active and passionate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board with representatives from across the staff and student communities. We are keen to learn from our students, our alumni and our staff, and we welcome your ideas and suggestions on how to make the department more inclusive.

We have chosen banner images across our website that reflect the diversity of the Art History teaching and research that can be found at UCL.Throughout our equality, diversity and inclusion pages, our staff and students have provided some short explanations about why that image was chosen for the page.

    If you have encountered, or been subject to, an instance of sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia or prejudice against your religious belief; or if you have been discriminated against on the basis of your disability or sexual, ethnic or social identity, please contact the department inclusion leads. Bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are never okay. All UCL students and staff can report instances of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct anonymously, or with their contact details, using Report and Support: 

    Report + Support

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board

    The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board was formed in December 2020 as an extension of the departmental Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. The Board reports to the Departmental Meeting and has a dotted reporting line to the Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Board. The Board incorporates the activities of the Self-Assessment Team and has an expanded, intersectional remit for the promotion of all equalities as described under the Equality Act 2010. The Board has representation from academic and professional services staff and students at every stage in their careers. All students in the Department are warmly encouraged to engage with the Board through the student representatives listed in the Membership section below. The current inclusion lead in the department is Dr Hélia Marçal. We are looking for a new professional services lead.

    Board Objectives

    1. Identify and propose equality priorities and objectives that will foster cohesion, eliminate discrimination and ensure everyone feels valued and included. 
    2. Develop, implement and monitor a Diversity Action Plan that will inform Departmental planning and governance.
    3. Receive papers and reports from UCL and the Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Board.
    4. Responsible for overseeing the formulation and submission of Athena Swan applications.

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