Office of the President and Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)


UCL's Statement on Race

UCL has adopted a statement on race developed by UCL’s Race Equality Steering Group

The development of UCL’s Statement on Race was led by Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience and UCL Envoy for Race Equality, who says: “UCL wants to be at the forefront of promoting race equality in the UK higher education sector, and that requires us to explicitly name the challenge we are fighting against. This statement was initiated by Dr Kamna Patel, Associate Professor of the Development Planning Unit and is the result of wide-ranging consultations and explorations across UCL. Its formal adoption by UCL sends a strong, empowering anti-discrimination message to all staff and students.”

The full text of UCL’s Statement on Race is:

“Action for race equality exists because racism exists in our daily lives, our institutions and society at large. Racism in the UK is the exercise of historic power relations that produce discrimination and is ideologically driven. It means students and staff who identify and are identified as part of the white ethnic majority enjoy a position of relative and typically unspoken and unacknowledged privilege over Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff. Racism manifests at work, in student attainment, staff appointments and promotions. Racism must be fought by everyone. This statement names the challenge.”

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