EDI Events


Montly Events

PDRA Coffee Morning 

1st Wednesday of the month, 10.30 - 11.30 am , Nyholm room  

Free coffee, tea, and freshly baked cakes from a local bakery are provided each month, for PDRAs, fellows, and technicians. A chance to meet your colleges and speak to your departmental PDRA representavive (Adam Clancy) about anything from research issues, to UCL admin, to teaching opportunities, to career progression. 

Any questions or suggestions, contact Adam Clancy (a.clancy@ucl.ac.uk

Future Events

Coffee Mornings for Recognizing Diversity and Inclusion  

On the last Wednesday of the month, 14.00 – 14:30 am (starting in October 2024), Nyholm room  

Free coffee, tea, and muffins.  

These coffee mornings aim to help connect students of African-Caribbean descent with like-minded peers across all year groups and staff, recognizing the lived experiences of Black students at UCL. They will provide an informal space for students and staff to support one another and create a sense of community for African-Caribbean students in the Department of Chemistry. Any questions contact Samson Khene (s.khene@ucl.ac.uk) and Téah-Saffiya Kennedy (zccatke@ucl.ac.uk). 


Past Events

08 May 2019: Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace Talk

Dr Imogen Sargent, a Clinical Research Team Leader at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, specialising in Mental Health & Dementia, provided an overview of mental health conditions and how it affects everyone in the workplace.  We also looked at available help and resources at UCL with the help of Karen Smith, Head of Wellbeing.

24 May 2019: Thesis Writing Workshop

Our first ever PhD thesis writing workshop aimed specifically for UCL Chemistry students.  We heard from postdocs about their experiences and were able to ask them your burning questions as well as networking over food and drinks.  The event was aimed at final year students who are beginning to write up their thesis, but all UCL Chemistry PhD Students were welcomed. 

10 June 2019: Who Cares for the Carer? Talk

This event was aimed at parents and carers.  We looked at the importance of self-care and explored ways to get a greater work/life balance and what support UCL has to offer.  We received talks from both Jummy, a Senior Lecturer from the University of East London and Madiha, the Chair of UCL’s Parents and Carers Together (PACT) Network. Jummy is an International Consultant and Speaker on Organisational & leadership Development, Wellness & Resilience and positive psychology coaching. She is also a highly experienced Educator, Trainer and Researcher with more than 20 years experience.  Madiha is Chair of the PACT (Parents and Carers Together) Network at UCL. PACT is a social network that aims to support UCL staff members who are balancing ongoing caring responsibilities with work. 

05 July 2019:  LGBTQ+ Wikithon

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited site in the world with 1.5 million biographies in English yet falls significantly short of representing our diverse society. Similar to mainstream media, there is an unequal representation of the culture and people among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer & questioning community (LGBTQ+) on Wikipedia. A known issue is that only 17% of Wikipedia biographies are about women.  Open to everyone at UCL and other academic or research institutions, regardless of subject field or gender; training was provided for anyone new to editing!  We learnt how to maintain, create and edit new pages to shine a light on notable members of the LGBTQ+ community, with an emphasis on scientists to celebrate LGBTQ+ STEMM day (July 5th). 

27 November 2019: Mentoring

Academics and Professional Service Staff from both the Department of Chemistry and Department of Mathematics were invited to attend a short, interactive workshop on Effective Mentoring. This workshop was open to people wanting to enhance their knowledge and skills of mentoring, become mentors or those that wish to be mentees and learn how to get the best from their mentor.  The benefits of mentoring go beyond the mentee themselves. As mentors, you are expanding your organisational reach and helping UCL unlock the full potential and capabilities of our staff, thereby reinforcing a culture of ongoing learning and increasing staff engagement.

11 December 2019: Out@UCL Training

This session was for anyone who wanted to support LGBTQ+ equality at UCL; whether in a student facing role; line manager or supervisor of staff; or member of a staff team.  The Friends network and training session are initiatives from the UCL LGBTQ+ Equalities Advisory Group (UCL LEAG) – the steering group of the Out@UCL staff network group.  Training was provided by Johanna Novales and Tank Green.

06 February 2020: Chemistry LGBTQ+ Network Social, The Rainbow Trail

The Chemistry LGBTQ+ Network hosted a fun fuelled social event for all in the department, and once that there was a bar crawl through Soho.  

13 February 2020: Out@UCL Lunch

Vice-Provost (Education) Anthony Smith (UCL's LGBTQ+ SMT Champion) hosted an informal lunch with new and existing OUT@UCL Members at 1 St. Martin's Le Grand.  Organisational Development joined the event to speak on development opportunities for staff.  

25 February 2020: Dads@UCL - Journey of a new father

UCL PACT Network invites you to this exciting event which focuses on the lived experience of fatherhood.

You shall hear from colleagues based within UCL who are expectant or new fathers. They shall talk about their experiences of becoming new parents, dealing with highs and lows of emotions, sleep deprivation, post natal depression, work life balance; and the pressure of 'getting it right'.

This will be followed by an open discussion which will be your chance to share thoughts, comments and exchange any suggestions.  Register via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dadsucl-journey-of-a-new-father-tickets-8...

27 February 2020: LGBTHM2020 Lecture: “Beyond Isis and Osiris: Alternative Sexualities in Ancient Egypt”

Join Egyptologist and cultural historian, John J Johnston, for a special event to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2020. This lavishly illustrated talk addresses those aspects of human sexuality, which, largely, fall outside the ‘official’ record. The often outré behaviour of gods and kings in the literature of the Pharaonic period is contextualised alongside the archaeological evidence and the considerably less ambiguous writings and graffiti of Egypt’s Greek and Roman periods.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/LGBThmIoA

27 February 2020: Black Role Models in STEM

As a follow-up to Black Mathematician Month 2019, the UCL MAPS Faculty is organising a networking evening, primarily aimed at Maths and Physics undergraduate students of Black and African-Caribbean descent. With this event, we wish to celebrate Black Role Models in STEM, and increase the visibility of and strengthen the connection between Black undergraduate scientists and mathematicians.  The evening will consist of 90 minutes of short talks by  invited speakers, followed by a reception with lots of opportunities for networking. Whilst aimed at undergraduate students, we also welcome postgraduate students, staff and professionals outside academia.  More information and to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-role-models-in-stem-tickets-88489272797?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

16 March 2020: Learning to fly: Engaging pedagogically with race and racism in HE

Dr Jason Arday (Assistant Professor in Sociology, Durham University) delivered a lecture and workshop on behalf of the BAME Awarding Gap Project. This was open to all staff, and particularly academic staff, to aid facilitating discussions around race and racism. 

30 March 2020: Game changing women of colour at UCL

Women's Higher Education Network aims to speed up gender equality in higher education.  Universities are taking race equality very seriously and are working hard to address structural and cultural barriers. There is some progress and race equality is beginning to be recognised as requiring compulsory positive action, but there is still a long way to go in order to raise the profile of BME women who work in the sector.  More recently, there has also been extensive research on the experiences of BME women, which highlights their career trajectories and the gender pay gap. We must do much more and be much more visible if our actions if we are to change this enormous imbalance in any of our lifetimes.  With this in mind, WHEN collaborated with colleagues at UCL (Opemipo Koshemani and Dr Victoria Showumni) to organise an event which brings together all self-identifying women and non-binary staff members from across the university to share experiences and to build networks for support.

29 July 2020 : Black Trans Lives Lunch

An informal panel discussion on Trans rights and the Black Lives Matter movement; primarily from an inter-sectional perspective.

8 October 2020: Go Red for Dyslexia Coffee Morning

Nicola Phillips presented her own experiences of having been newly diagnsed with dyslexia at a virtual coffee morning on Thursday 8th October to raise awareness.  Everyone was encouraged to dress in red to raise awareness of dyslexia and #GoRedForDyslexia to embrace the “new normal” of working life.   Why red? The dreaded red, a colour we’ve all seen throughout our education. The red marker used to highlight our mistakes is all too familiar for dyslexics around the world. Dyslexia Associations chose this colour to take back its meaning and globally promote dyslexia awareness.  

18 February 2021: Out@UCL Discussion Event re: Russell T Davies Drama Series

Out@UCL ran an information discussion event talking about the new Russell T Davies drama exploring the lives of three young gay men affected by the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.  The 5-part Channel 4 drama started on 22nd January (with all the episodes now available to binge-watch on All4) has already been watched by over 6.5 million people and has been making headlines for a myriad of reasons. 


03 March 2021: LGBTQ+ in STEM - How to get involved? 

Hosted by Kristian Mears, the Departmental LGBTQ+ Champion, the event looked at ways people could get involved with the LGBTQ+ community within the department and how best to support their LGBTQ+ colleagues and students.

25 March 2021: LGBTQ+ Film Night

Join us on Metastream.com where we will be live streaming the iconic, must see masterpiece that is...


Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it documents the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities who created it. One of the most important historical explorations of race, class, gender, and sexuality we have in our community. Lots of the language used in the LGBTQ+ community today stems from this culture. It is not only essential educational, but also packed full of nightlife fun - that some will be missing dearly - alongside inspirational personal stories. 

Make sure you register your interest now using the link below. The Metastream event link will be circulated to registered email addresses closer to the time.


Diversity Calendar 

The above dates are not intended to be a prescriptive list. Staff, students, parents or members of the public are welcome to contact the EDI Team (equalities@ucl.ac.uk) to suggest other noteworthy dates.