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UCL launches flagship leadership development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff

9 June 2020

UCL has launched a new high potential leadership development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff at grades 5, 6 and 7, open to BAME staff in all job categories. This first cohort includes staff from teaching, research and professional services backgrounds.

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The new programme, Emerging Leaders, is a blended learning programme combining a range of learning and development tools including self-paced learning, peer-to-peer coaching, live online learning events and support for reflection and the application of learning. It will also feature expert coaching, action learning sets and high-profile guest speakers from across UCL speaking of their experiences Black and Asian staff in leadership.

Emerging Leaders is a UCL first: a collaboration between the Provost’s Office (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) and Organisational Development, is co-led by Dr Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman and expert external consultant Leyla Okhai, of Diverse Minds.

Dr Rowe-Wiseman said:

“This programme could not come at a more important time, given the protests in the US, UK and around the world against systemic racism. Many people are coming to a new awareness and are now energised to call for change. I hope we can capitalise on this moment to widen race literacy at UCL to build a better understanding of how racialisation and racism shapes society and impacts all our lives”.

Emerging Leaders is one part a whole programme of institutional activity that is planned. The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team are working on a racial harassment campaign linked to Full Stop. The campaign will include the launch of an “Understanding and How to Tackle Racial Harassment Toolkit”, as well as University-wide training entitled “Let’s Talk about Race”. At UCL we have multiple equality challenges, including a marked grade and occupational segregation, with BAME staff concentrated in the lower grades. We have a specific EDI strategy to combat these issues and Emerging Leaders is part of this response.

“Emerging Leaders is an incredibly important part of our strategy, which also includes the Inclusive Advocates programme and BMEntor network. I’m glad to see it launch today”.

Fiona McClement, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

The programme takes place from June to October and will be followed by a graduation event for alumni, and the chance to join a peer-led alumni network. Emerging Leaders also incorporates a short module for line-managers or sponsors of all programme participants, to help enhance awareness of systemic advantage and how to be a race ally.

Read more about:

The Emerging Leaders programme

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCL

Organisational Development