UCL History is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for all staff and students. We have provided these pages to help those within the department get access to information and support that they may need whilst studying or working with us.
We are always looking for ways to make the department more inclusive, so if you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to get in touch with Cari Tuhey, who is our Inclusion Lead.
Our staff have participated in training including unconscious bias and harassment prevention.
UCL History is proud to be a department with a balanced staff and student gender profile, which also extends to our senior leadership team.
UCL History is currently working on an application for an Athena Swan bronze award, which we aim to submit in early 2020. In addition to working on the application itself, the department's Athena Swan committee is working towards a variety of practical actions to improve gender imbalances within the department.
More information about college-wide gender equality policies can be found here. This page includes details about female role models; parental leave and other leave; pregnancy; gender equality network; male allies and parents and carers networks.
UCL History is committed to being a place where everyone feels welcome, including all individuals who join the department from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Our student body is highly international, with lots of students coming from a variety of different countries, cultures and backgrounds.
In June 2020 we launched our UCL History Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network. You can read more our mission statement for this and find out how to get involved here.
Senior members of the department are involved in national projects to improve diversity in the Higher Education sector. UCL History's Professor Margot Finn, who is President of the Royal Historical Society, is a contributor to the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) Report, "The White Elephant in the Room: Ideas for Reducing Racial Inequalities in the Higher Education Sector". You can read the report here.
As a department, we aim also to offer a diverse curriculum to our diverse students, ensuring that the histories of subjugated peoples are heard and prioritised.
More information about college-wide BAME initiatives can be found via the central Race Equality web pages here, where you will find information on UCL's race equality charter; race equality steering group; BME academic and professional mentoring schemes; BME networks and societies; BME attainment and information on how to report racial and xenophobic harassment.
UCL History operates a zero tolerance policy on any form of racial abuse or harassment.
Sandy Ogundule is the Black and Minority Ethnic Students' Officer.
UCL was identified as a top employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff in the Stonewall 2018 Top 100 Employers Index. The LGBTQ+ Equalities Action Group (LEAG) and the LGBTQ+ staff social network (Out@UCL) meet twice a term, at least. Staff at UCL can become a Friend of Out@UCL. If you'd like to become an LGBTQ+ ally, training is available here. More information on UCL supporting trans and non-binary staff in the work place can be found here.
In August 2020 UCL History launched the History LGBTQ+ Network - if you'd like to get involved or find out more please email email@example.com.
If your research is related to LGTBQ+, gender, sexuality or queer theory, then you may be interested in qUCL, which is a college-wide initiative that brings together staff and students who research these fields.
LGBT+ students can find information from the support and well-being service here. Information relevant to the trans community can be found here, including information for students who have, are currently, or are considering transitioning gender. The LGBTQ+ Students' Network supports students in a variety of ways; the current LGBTQ+ Officer is Xuyi Wang, and Trans Officer is Sasha/Max Tscheltzoff.
- Support and Well-being
University is a wonderful place, but it can also be stressful, and staff and students can face many challenges. The UCL support and well-being team are experts in their field, and can provide advice and support on issues relating to well-being; disability and mental health, in a non-judgemental and safe space.
You can access the website here, where you can find information on a variety of topics including (but not limited to):
- Health care
- Sexual consent online training
- Staying safe
- Mental health and well-being
- Disability support
- Misconduct on campus
- Concerns about a students and crisis support
- Family Friendly Working
UCL History is committed to supporting staff and students with caring responsibilities to successfully manage their work-life balance. We do our best not to timetable meetings before 10am, or after 4pm, in order to keep early morning and evening free. There are also a variety of leave and maternity/paternity options offered by UCL as a whole:
- Work Life Balance Policy
- Annual Leave Policy--full time employees
- Annual Leave Policy--part time employees
- Carer's Leave Policy
Maternity and Paternity Benefits
Support for students with a range of conditions and difficulties can get support from the Student Disability Services. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 7679 0100. The head of Student Disability Services is Venitia Stoby - you can contact her directly at email@example.com.
UCL Student Disability Services run a drop-in service, Monday to Friday. More information about this, and all disability services, can be found here.The Disabled Students’ Officer is the UCLU contact person for disabled students. This office is currently held by Louise Lee.
- Harassment and Bullying
UCL, as part of its commitment to equality and diversity, believes that every student has a right to work and study in an environment which encourages harmonious relationships. UCL is committed to preventing harassment and bullying and its commitment to equal opportunity is enshrined in the principles on which it was founded. You can read UCL's full policy on bullying and harassment here (this also includes definitions).
UCL is committed to providing a working environment for all staff that is free from any form of bullying or harassment. All staff should expect to be treated with dignity and respect, at all times. You can read UCL's full Dignity at Work statement here.
- Staff Journeys - learn more about the routes our staff took to become historians
UCL History is a diverse and inclusive department and our 'Staff Journeys' series highlights the different experiences and interesting routes that our historians have taken to get to where they are.
- History Networks that you can get involved in
In August 2020 UCL History launched 3 new staff/student networks as part of our mission to promote inclusivity. The networks will hopefully provide a space in which staff and students at all levels will be able to meet new people, support each other, organise events and potentially feed into the wider culture of the department by developing conversations around how we can create a more inclusive environment. Below are the contact details for each network:
Staff Facilitator: Jagjeet Lally
Student Facilitator: Adila Mir
Staff Facilitator: Rebecca Jennings
Student Facilitator: Gursi Dhillon
Staff Facilitator: Stephen Conway
Student Facilitator: Gemma Swan
If you would like to speak to someone about establishing any further networks, please get in touch with Dr Rebecca Jennings.