The Bartlett


A Bartlett for everyone

Our blueprint for a more inclusive faculty

Who we are

The Bartlett is a global faculty, and our reputation attracts students and academics from across the world. We’ve spent the past 100 years breaking down boundaries to improve the spaces that humans inhabit and influence, making us one of the oldest and most radical institutions of our kind.

But we’ve not earned that reputation by resting on our laurels. The 21st century brings with it a new set of challenges, and as the world around us - and the communities we, as an institution, serve - becomes more diverse, we too, as a faculty, take note and lay a new direction.

At the moment, we aren't meeting these challenges head on or in the way we need to. 

The Bartlett must do more to serve our collective futures. To appreciate different ways of viewing and understanding the world - based on our race or gender, for example. 

Our programmes are too Eurocentric, with our teaching too reliant on a Westernised academic viewpoint. Our students and staff consist of a small number of ethnicities and social backgrounds, with little representation from black, minority ethnic and working class communities.

If we want to carry on working and teaching at the cutting edge of our industry, we can’t afford to fall behind in any part of what we do - let alone on such an important issue.

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Who we want to be

To build a better future, first we need to build a better Bartlett. One where everyone has space to be their authentic self, no matter their background, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or beliefs. 

We’re not here to mould you into our idea of an architect, planner, or facilities manager. Come with an idea of who you might be, and allow us to nurture it so you can take that into the world.

To do this we are radically rethinking our academic approach from top to bottom, and challenging the priority that has traditionally been given to white, male, Western voices and the established ‘canon’ of textbooks and teaching materials.

We want our students to be empowered to speak out where they see opportunities to educate others in ways that improve or critically engage with the curriculum. By doing this, we all share responsibility for creating an inclusive education.

We are working hard to rebalance our staff and student cohort and better reflect the world and communities we live in and serve. 

We want to call ourselves a truly inclusive faculty and ensure The Bartlett is for you.

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Join us

To achieve our vision of a truly inclusive Bartlett, we need your help. You’re going to have to throw away preconceptions and think in ways you haven't before. And that we haven't before. 

It might not be an easy journey - but it’s one we have to take.

No matter who you are, or where you’ve come from - we want to hear from you, and we want you to consider us. Together we can build the world of tomorrow. It’s vital that we get this right.

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