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


Religion and Belief Equality Policy for Students

This policy provides guidance on how your needs with respect to religion and belief, are to be met by UCL and the staff that work with you.

The policy does not intend to be comprehensive; rather it addresses some important issues that may arise in this context.

UCL recognises that the spiritual and moral systems that religions and beliefs offer can often be of fundamental importance to the wellbeing of students. UCL also recognises that religious rituals, such as dress, diet and prayer, can be an integral part of religious life. It is important that, where reasonably practicable, the needs of students from all religious backgrounds, and also of students with no religious affiliation, are met. It is also important to be clear when the needs of religious students may impinge upon the needs and freedoms of others, and therefore cannot be accommodated.

UCL History and Ethos

UCL is a secular higher education institution that prides itself on its long-standing commitment to equalities and diversity. UCL’s commitment to religious equality in particular is integral to its identity and heritage.

Before UCL’s inception in 1826, the benefits of a university education in England were restricted to males who were members of the Church of England. UCL was founded, in part, to challenge that discrimination and so became the first university in England that provided a progressive alternative to the social exclusivity and religious restrictions of its predecessors, Oxford and Cambridge.

UCL does not have any religious affiliation or endorse any particular denomination or faith. The secular values that UCL upholds are as relevant today as they were at its inception. UCL is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment where students and staff of all religions, and none, can thrive. UCL is a global University. It has a rich mix of students from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. It is this diversity and complexity that contributes to UCL being a world-class institution.

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