UCL Human Resources


Race equity projects

As part of UCL’s positive action to improve the outcomes of the employee lifecycle for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff and in support of the UCL Statement on Race, we have developed several programmes and initiatives to encourage staff from these under-represented groups to reach their full potential at UCL.

Statement on the use of Positive Action

Positive action describes special measures aimed at alleviating disadvantage or under-representation experienced by those with a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010Section 159 of the act allows the use of positive action in certain circumstances: To lessen disadvantage for those sharing a protected characteristic and reduce under-representation in particular activities. Any such measures are to be a proportionate way of achieving a relevant aim.

Read more about Positive Action

The forms of positive action allowed under the Equality Act (2010):

  • General positive action, for example, reserving places for a protected group on training courses or providing mentoring to increase representation at senior levels

  • Positive action specifically relating to recruitment and promotion, also known as the ‘tie-break provision’

  • The availability of scholarships and bursaries to students sharing a protected characteristic

  • in relation to disabled people

Therefore, where UCL reasonably thinks those sharing a protected characteristic experience a disadvantage connected to that characteristic; and may have needs that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it; or participation in an activity is disproportionately low the use of positive action initiatives is considered. UCL will ensure appropriate procedures to allow continuous review for the impact of and need for its actions, to ensure these actions continue to fall within the scope of positive action.

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Accelerate to Leadership

A scheme for BAME member of professional services staff looking to progress their career into senior leadership.

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B-MEntor Academic

B-MEntor is a cross-institutional mentoring scheme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) academics and researchers.

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B-MEntor Professional

A cross-institutional mentoring scheme for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff in Professional Services roles.

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Coaching Culture Programme

Building a sustainable internal coaching community to support Black staff to progress their careers.                                                    

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Emerging Leaders

A leadership and development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff (People of Colour) at UCL grades 5, 6 & 7.

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Fair Recruitment Specialists

A pool of highly-trained Fair Recruitment Specialists who will bring very valuable input into recruitment activity across UCL. 

Inclusive Advocacy

Inclusive Advocacy

An advocacy package for UCL Black and Minority Ethnic staff who want to progress to leadership.

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Women in Leadership

Leadership programmes for women who are either working in a leadership role or aspire to a leadership position.