UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


Independent environmental and cultural review of the Slade School of Fine Art

We respond to the findings of an external investigation into the Slade School of Fine Art and commit to action

Following concerns raised by staff and students about the working and learning environment in the Slade, we commissioned an external organisation, Nous, in February 2022 to carry out an independent investigation into the School’s culture.

The report of findings, which can be accessed below, makes clear that genuine and meaningful change is needed to create a School in which everyone feels respected and valued. We are committed to making this change.

The investigation found racial disparities and inequities within the Slade which urgently need to be addressed. It also identified a broader culture of poor behaviours and a need to improve the strategic vision and leadership of the School.

The culture described is at odds with UCL’s values and we apologise unreservedly to everyone who has been impacted. We will work together with the Slade to create an inclusive environment of safety and respect.

Over the coming weeks, we will be listening carefully and talking to as many students and staff as possible to create an open dialogue together about the Slade’s culture in the future. We will also establish internal action groups that together will work to create change and reimagine the education experience and environment at the Slade, based on the key themes of the report. These will feed into a Steering Group led by Professor Stella Bruzzi, Dean of UCL Arts & Humanities.

Read the external investigation report by Nous

Environmental review and response

In light of the Independent Environmental and Cultural Review of the Slade, published in November 2022, providing recommendations for a cultural and systemic change, staff and students are working towards continuous practice of embedding equitable compassionate pedagogy using the existing committee structures, newly approved protocols for the presentation of artwork and research documentation, reflexive sensitive content checklist guidance and Slade Anti-racist Action Table created by the Slade Anti-racist Action Group. 

Environmental review and response

Sources of support for UCL students and staff

We have a wide range of comprehensive support services available, should you need it, including support from our team of mental health and wellbeing advisers and external specialist organisations:

We encourage anyone to come forward to share their experiences of any bullying, harassment or misconduct that they have been subjected to, or raise any concerns if you have witnessed such behaviour occurring. You can do this by using our Report + Support tool, which is open to students, staff and alumni and includes the option to report anonymously or on the record.