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Senior Management Team Allies Statement

Visibility is key to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ staff and students

Out @UCL is delighted to have received the following pledges of support from members of UCL Council and Senior Management Team. This sends an incredibly strong message to their colleagues and students that they are committed to advancing LGBTQ+ equality at UCL. 

                         UCL Council Members

DeAnne Julius

 

Dame DeAnne Julius  
Chair, UCL Council

Annette Dolphin

 

Professor Annette Dolphin
Member, UCL Council

Michael Arthur

 

Professor Michael Arthur
President & Provost

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Dame DeAnne Julius  
Chair, UCL Council

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of UCL's ethos and history. Over my own career the focus on diversity has broadened from the women's movement, with which I was involved with in the 1970s, to racial equality - especially in the United States - and now to sexual orientation. There are still many battles to be fought for truly equal opportunities and inclusion but I am proud that UCL has been at the forefront of these efforts. We recognise the creative benefits of diversity and we should ensure that everyone feels comfortable here to be themselves, without prejudice or derision. That is why I support Out @UCL and commend the work of the UCL LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group.


Professor Annette Dolphin
Member, UCL Council

It is important that all underrepresented and minority groups at UCL stand together on issues that affect us all, so I am very happy to support Out@UCL as a friend and ally.


Professor Michael Arthur
President & Provost

Throughout my tenure as President and Provost, I have championed equality and diversity at UCL and have encouraged us all to address some uncomfortable truths about gender balance, racial inequality, disability and the issues that face our LGBTQ+ community. We are slowly but surely making definite measurable progress and although these have, at times, been 'hard yards', I am confident that we are now in a cycle of continuous improvement. Our objective is simple - we want to have a reputation for being amongst the very best on a global scale for our track record in equality and diversity, such that all our staff and students feel very confident and supported during their time at UCL. It is sadly true that some members of the LGBTQ+ community do not yet feel that they can be themselves and 'out' in their work or study environment. The allies campaign called 'Friends of Out @UCL' is aimed at showing our community that there is a huge amount of support for everyone to enjoy that basic freedom to just be themselves and to contribute with confidence to the future of UCL. I encourage you all to become a 'Friend' and to help make UCL a great place to work and study for everyone


 

 

 

Vice-Provosts

Nicola Brewer

 

Dame Nicola Brewer
UCL Vice-Provost (International)

Head shot of Lori Houlihan

 

Lori Houlihan 
UCL Vice-Provost (Development)

David Lomas

 

Professor David Lomas  
UCL Vice-Provost
(Health)      

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Dame Nicola Brewer
UCL Vice-Provost (International)

At a time where there seems to be increasing support for populism and nativism, progress on equalities is vulnerable. So I feel it's doubly important to speak out in favour of diversity and inclusion right now. I don't want to see the gains made, painfully slowly, in recent decades, slip away.  And there's always more to do, to make everyone feel valued and included and able to be themselves - that's one of the things I love about UCL: the way people are encouraged to bring the whole of their personalities to work (though I try to keep my grumpiness on cold, grey, winter Monday mornings to myself).


Lori Houlihan
UCL Vice-Provost (Development)

I am delighted to join Friends of Out @UCL as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community - what a great initiative!
I know everyone in my team is also very supportive, since it absolutely chimes with our core value of creating a comfortable safe workplace for all our staff. We are also very proud to be one of the first universities to set up an LGBTQ+ Alumni group.
UCL's great strength is that it knows that diversity is powerful. It's really important to make sure we do everything we can to challenge ignorance and prejudice, and this is an initiative that sends a clear message that discrimination has no place at UCL.


Professor David Lomas
UCL Vice-Provost (Health)

I am delighted to offer my support to the Friends of Out @UCL campaign and stand with LEAG and Out @UCL as an ally.
The UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences is training the next generation of scientists, pharmacists and doctors and it is of the utmost importance that we provide a safe and inclusive environment, where all students and staff - regardless of gender or sexuality - are treated with dignity and respect. By doing so, we hope that they will go on to take these values into their future professions, whether this be in health, industry or academia.


 

 

Rex Knight

 

Rex Knight 
UCL Vice-Provost
(Operations)                     

David Price

 

Professor David Price
UCL Vice-Provost
(Research)  

Anthony Smith

 

Professor Anthony Smith
UCL Vice-Provost
(Education)

Further Information

Dame Nicola Brewer
UCL Vice-Provost (International)

We want all members of the UCL community to be able to give their best and to enjoy the time that they spend here, and feel welcome, included and valued. I am proud that UCL has taken the initiative with the Friends of Out @UCL allies campaign, and I am very pleased to be able to give it my support. 


Professor David Price
UCL Vice-Provost (Research)

Professionally and personally, I am both delighted and proud to support Out @UCL.
Tolerance, openness and diversity have informed our university's ethos since its founding. Indeed they were key to many of our ground-breaking developments in research and teaching over two centuries, and today underpin our efforts to address the barriers preventing people's access to just solutions and equality of opportunity. I commend Out @UCL and its Friends as they enrich our university's culture and capacity to fulfil its mission.


Professor Anthony Smith
UCL Vice-Provost (Education)

I am delighted, but not surprised, to see the tremendous level of support for LGBTQ+ colleagues from friends and allies across UCL. I say 'not surprised' because this reflects the warm welcome that I received on joining the UCL community and why I was delighted when asked to be the LGBTQ+ champion on the Provost's Senior Management Team. There is always more that can be done, even in an open and inclusive community like UCL. I look forward to working with friends and allies to ensuring that all of us at UCL can feel comfortable in our own skin, irrespective of our sexuality and whether we choose to disclose it. 


 

 

 

Faculty Deans

Piet Eeckhout

 

Professor Piet Eeckhout
Dean, UCL Faculty of Law

Mark Emberton

 

Professor Mark Emberton
Dean, UCL Faculty of
Medical Sciences

Becky Francis

 

Professor Becky Francis
Dean, UCL Institute of
Education

Further Information

Professor Piet Eeckhout
Dean, UCL Faculty of Law

I am delighted to join Friends of Out @UCL. It is an absolute no-brainer: the institution values and supports all the members of its broad and growing community, and strives to treat everyone equally and to combat any and all discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. And this message needs to be sent, clearly and emphatically, at every occasion. I will aim to do what I can to promote this agenda, which is at the heart of UCL's ethos and foundations. 


Professor Mark Emberton
Dean, UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences

Showing my support for Out @UCL is of paramount importance, especially in the current climate of intolerance and marginalisation. It is more important than ever to promote diversity, and dignity for all. It is our duty to provide and nurture an environment where our students and staff feel safe and respected. I am honoured to show my support to the Friends of Out @UCL programme and proud to serve as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.


Professor Becky Francis
Dean, UCL Institute of Education

My own scholarship has been focused on social equality in education, and attends to social discrimination and inequity. So the equalities and diversity agenda within higher education is close to my heart. I have been delighted to find that UCL is also taking this agenda seriously. The Friends of Out @UCL is a really valuable initiative for supporting the work of the LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group, Out@UCL and the university's wider efforts in this area, and I'm very pleased to be part of this network. 


 

 

Sasha Roseneil


Professor Sasha Roseneil
Dean, UCL Faculty of
Social & Historical Sciences

Graham Hart


Professor Graham Hart
Dean, UCL Faculty of 
Population Health Sciences

Ivan Parkin


Professor Ivan Parkin
Dean, UCL Faculty of 
Mathematical
& Physical Science

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Professor Sasha Roseneil
Dean, UCL Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences

The legal and cultural changes surrounding same-sex sexuality over recent years have been enormous - and I still marvel at how far we have travelled. When I was 15, and in love with a girl in the year above me at school, coming to think of myself as a lesbian was a painful process in which I struggled for self-acceptance and to find a place where I could belong, against the backdrop of the rampant homophobia of politicians and the popular press, and the unthinking prejudice of friends and teachers. That was the 1980s - the era of widespread panic about HIV and AIDS, and the institutionalised hostility to the “pretended families” of lesbians and gay men enacted in Section 28. I never imagined that one day people would be so unperturbed by my sexuality, let alone that marriage would be an option. I feel very lucky to have lived through these changes, and to have been able to make a life and a career in places that have (largely) been tolerant and accepting. Indeed, I have been able to contribute to the development of gender and queer studies, to teach about issues of sexuality, and to put the lives of lesbians and gay men onto research agendas. 

 

But sadly homophobia has not been eradicated and many LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination, marginalisation, harassment and violence in their communities and their places of work and study, in the UK and around the world. The psychological and material impacts of these experiences can be profound and long-lasting, and too often prevent people living non-conventional sexualities from realising their full potential. For all of these reasons, I am proud to support Out@UCL, and to stand alongside, and speak out for, all who are marginalised, excluded or misrecognised because of their sexuality. 


Professor Graham Hart
Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Although I was 'out' as a gay man in my twenties to friends and colleagues, I didn't come out to my family until my early thirties, after I'd met my long-term partner (and now husband) Chris. 
This, I think, was an example of the effect of the powerful stigma in relation to sexuality that was presented in the late eighties and early nineties, and probably internalised homophobia on my part. For many young people that stigma still remains, and I've seen evidence of this when LGBTQ+ friends have become estranged from parents or siblings unwilling to accept them. 
Fortunately in my academic career as an HIV researcher, I have always had LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies for whom such stigma was anathema. I feel honoured to have worked with so many amazing people who always went the extra mile to care for people living with HIV and AIDS, regardless of sexuality, gender, ethnicity and country of origin.
I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the campaign. I've benefited personally from the support of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, and I hope that I can contribute to the continued efforts of UCL to eradicate any remaining vestiges of stigma in relation to LGBTQ+ staff and students.


Professor Ivan Parkin
Dean, UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Science

I fully support the aims of the Friends of Out @UCL Campaign. I have personal experience of the need for such a campaign and the difficulties that the LGBTQ+ community face. Two close family members are members of this community. One who helped in part to bring me up was in a same-sex relationship for more than 45 years and faced extreme discrimination because of her sexual orientation and was not accepted by society - especially in the 1970s. The other has recently entered a same-sex relationship. I firmly believe that all people should treated the same no matter who they are - everyone deserves respect and understanding and no form of love is superior to another.


 

 

Alan Penn

 

Professor Alan Penn
Dean, The Bartlett,
UCL Faculty of
the Built Environment

Geraint Rees

 

Professor Geraint Rees 
Dean, UCL Faculty of
Life Sciences 

Nigel Titchener

 

Professor Nigel
Tichener-Hooker

Dean, UCL Faculty of
Engineering Sciences

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Professor Alan Penn
Dean, The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartlett is an incredibly diverse faculty. We bring together people from all backgrounds, academic disciplines and professions to work on the challenges posed by the built environment and creative design. Richness and innovation are founded in diversity and respect for the individual. Being a 'Friend' of Out @UCL is just a natural part of a healthy workplace and globally leading place of education and research in a diverse world. At a time where Brexit and Trump signal increasing intolerance, it is essential that we speak up for freedom.


Professor Geraint Rees
Dean, UCL Faculty of Life Sciences 

Diversity and inclusion are core values for UCL since it was founded. Maintaining and strengthening these values is even more relevant today with the growth of bigotry and intolerance directed at LGBTQ+ people in many societies and cultures. I am proud to champion diversity and inclusion and be an active ally to UCL's LGBTQ+ community.


Professor Nigel Tichener-Hooker
Dean, UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Friends of Out @UCL is an enormously important campaign. The difficulties that the LGBTQ+ community face are very real and impact directly in ways that is often hard to fully understand. I believe that people should be treated the same no matter who they are and that everyone has a right to expect respect and understanding. I hope passionately that this campaign will deliver tangible process and I am totally committed to helping in any way that I can.


 

 

Alan Thompson

 

Professor Alan Thompson
Dean, UCL Faculty of
Brain Sciences

Image of Professor Stella Bruzzi
Professor Stella Bruzzi
Dean, UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Professor Alan Thompson
Dean, UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am delighted to give my support to the Friends of Out @UCL allies campaign. Diversity and equality are core values, and essential to the success of the Faculty of Brain Science and indeed to that of UCL. Our Faculty must provide an open, safe and inclusive environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We must take a stand against intolerance wherever we see it and stand as committed allies to our LGBTQ+ staff and students.


Professor Stella Bruzzi
Dean, UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities

It’s with pride and enthusiasm that I support Out@UCL. Both professionally and personally, I hope equality, diversity and inclusion of all descriptions lie at the core of what I do and want to achieve through my role as Dean of Arts and Humanities. UCL was founded on the principles of tolerance and openness, and these values continue to inform what we do to this day, underpinning our education and our research. Nationally and globally, our great cultural traditions have been shaped by LGBT artists, writers, practitioners and critics and equal opportunities enrich our university’s culture at all levels.


 

 

 

Directors of Professional Services 

Wendy Appleby

 

Wendy Appleby
Registrar, Head of
Student & Registry Services

Kate Bernard

 

Karen Barnard
Director, UCL Careers

Simon Cane

 

Simon Cane
Director, UCL Culture

Further Information

Wendy Appleby
Registrar, Head of Student & Registry Services

I am delighted to pledge my support for the Friends of Out @UCL allies campaign. I believe firmly that SRS needs diversity in its staff in order to ensure we remain relevant as a division, bringing the best talent from all backgrounds to serve UCL's academic mission and provide support to our students. I am proud that we have an active LGBTQ+ group in SRS as part of our work on diversity and equality. For students we recognise that coming to university is often one of the first opportunities to be truly yourself and explore your identity - for those students who need additional support we have trained staff available to help you look after your wellbeing at this important time in your life.


Karen Barnard
Director, UCL Careers

I am proud to be a 'Friend' of Out @UCL and to fully endorse this cause. I believe that UCL should have an inclusive environment for all members of the UCL community to work and study in. All staff, students and visitors should feel comfortable and supported in their workplace.


Simon Cane
Director, UCL Culture

In UCL Culture we believe in the 'Power of Open' which is our way of saying that we welcome all people without prejudice. I believe that it is important to champion the rights of the LGBTQ+ people within and outside of UCL, focussing on the positive contribution of the community through creating a caring and compassionate environment that recognises and celebrates difference whilst promoting unity. 


 

 

Phil Harding

 

Phil Harding
Director, UCL Finance
& Business Affairs

Collette Lux

 

Collette Lux
Director, UCL Communications
& Marketing

tom rowson

 

Tom Rowson
Director of Planning

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Phil Harding
Director, UCL Finance & Business Affairs

I am delighted to be able to pledge my support to the Friends of Out @UCL programme and to become an ally. There is plenty of evidence that an LGBTQ+ friendly workplace leads to improved health, wellbeing and organisational performance. It is absolutely the right thing to do. 


Collette Lux
Director, UCL Communications & Marketing

Since its founding, UCL has cherished inclusivity and diversity, values which are ever more important in these challenging times. We must stand with our LGBTQ+ staff and students - proud of who they are and prepared to face the world. I am delighted to support Out @UCL in their mission.


Tom Rowson
Director of Planning

I'm proud to support Friends of Out @UCL. At the heart of UCL is the idea of fulfilling potential, not letting conventional barriers get in your way and strength through diversity. It's one of reasons that UCL people are so passionate about what they do and so successful too. It's self-evident, then, that we need to encourage diversity in all forms and challenge ourselves to ensure that our community is safe and welcoming for all. While we have made some progress in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, there's so much more for us to do - which is why the Friends of Out @UCL campaign is so important.