The Bartlett


Independent investigation set up into culture and behaviours at The Bartlett School of Architecture

19 October 2021

Prof. Sasha Roseneil announces the launch of an independent investigation into culture and behaviours at The Bartlett School of Architecture

Professor Roseneil, UCL Pro-Provost (Equity & Inclusion), said: “UCL has been deeply troubled to learn about allegations of unacceptable behaviour at The Bartlett School of Architecture and we have appointed an external agency, Howlett Brown, to carry out an independent investigation into the culture and behaviours in the School.

“We are aware that unacceptable behaviour takes place at UCL, and we are committed to fully understanding the issues and to addressing them. This independent investigation will provide recommendations for changes at The Bartlett School of Architecture, to ensure that all its students and staff are treated fairly and are able to thrive.

“As part of the investigation, we are keen for students and staff (current and former) to share their experiences of studying and working at the School with Howlett Brown. We know that it is not easy for individuals to come forward, and we respect and are grateful to those who have already done so. UCL is also providing access to free, professional counselling services for anyone who would like to speak to someone in confidence.

“Howlett Brown specialises in independent investigations that concern workplace culture, diversity, and inclusion. Their investigation will be carried out separately from the university, and UCL and The Bartlett School of Architecture will not have access to any identifiable information from current or former students or staff who come forward.

“UCL has asked Howlett Brown to report back with recommendations at the beginning of 2022. This is a complex investigation and we ask for patience while Howlett Brown conduct their work.

“Alongside this external process, UCL will continue to investigate any complaints against named individuals at the university, whether current or from the past, thoroughly using our normal processes and we will take appropriate action where necessary.

“We take very seriously all allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, and bullying. We will listen and learn from past events, and we will continue to strive to do better.”

How to take part in the investigation:

  • Individuals can get in touch with Howlett Brown directly at bsainvestigation@howlettbrown.com. In your email, Howlett Brown has asked if you could please state whether you are staff or a student (current or former) and any specific details of why you want to be involved in the investigation (if you feel comfortable in doing so). The discussions will be anonymous and are your chance to share your experiences and views. Data collected during the discussions will be non-attributable and anonymised to enable you to speak freely.

Further information and support:

  • Report + Support is UCL’s online tool for current and former students and staff to report bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct, and it includes the option to report anonymously.
  • We encourage any students and staff affected by the issues under investigation to access the free, confidential counselling services available:

Former Bartlett School of Architecture students and staff can access confidential counselling services free of charge via Care First, UCL’s Employee Assistance Partner, on +44 (0)800 197 4510.