Our commitment to a positive cultural climate where all can flourish.
UCL was founded in 1826 as a radically different university, opening up higher education for the first time to people of all beliefs and social backgrounds. It was also the first English university to admit women students on equal terms with men. Over half our students are female, we welcome students and staff from over 150 countries, and around 5% of our students declare a disability. In short, it is a diverse and exciting place to study.
Through UCL's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we are committed to building and nurturing:
" A diverse intellectual community, who are engaged with and changing the world for the better; recognised for our thought leadership and critical thinking; and the catalyst for London to be the world's leading centre of learning, research, innovation and enterprise.
Friend of Out@UCL
My own scholarship has been focused on social equality in education, and attends to social discrimination and inequity. So the Equalities and Diversity agenda within higher education is close to my heart. I have been delighted to find that UCL is also taking this agenda seriously.
The Friends of Out@UCL is a really valuable initiative for supporting the work of the LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group and Out@UCL, as well as the university's wider efforts in this area, and I'm very pleased to be part of that network.
- Professor Becky Francis, Director, UCL Institute of Education