UCL Faculty of Life Sciences


EDI resources

Networks to join related to EDI, practical tools you can use and other relevant information.

Staff equalities networks 

UCL’s staff equalities networks are open to all staff. These are places where people with shared identities and backgrounds can connect with colleagues and make positive change across the university. 

UCL wellbeing 

We aim to foster a culture at UCL where all our staff and students can flourish. We also have programmes and support in place to protect staff and students from unacceptable behaviour.  

If a student or member of staff experiences bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct at the university, our trained Dignity Advisors are available to talk to. They’re there to provide an informal and confidential information service, signpost to relevant support and advise on next steps. 


Gender equality 

The Faculty of Life Sciences currently holds three Athena SWAN awards, in recognition of our work to tackle gender inequality in higher education.  

The Gender Equality Network is a UCL virtual network for anyone interested in gender equality to find out more: 

Other networks relating to gender equality include: 

Information for new and expectant parents, including entitlement to leave and other benefits: 
Pregnant students 

UCL Parental Leave Toolkit 

More information on family-friendly policies at UCL HR 


Disability equality 

UCL offers a range of support for people with disabilities, including reasonable adjustments, access to buildings and IT support: 

Guidance on disability equality for staff and managers: 

Information on dyslexia and other learning differences: 

LGBTQ+ equality 

LGBTQ+ staff and students at UCL have access to dedicated career support, mentoring and other resources: 

Out@UCL is a staff social network and a way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) staff at UCL to connect and take part in activities: 

Guidance for managers: supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual staff at work: 

qUCL is a university-wide initiative that brings together UCL staff and students with research and teaching interests in LGBTQ studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory and related fields: 
qUCL: Research on sexual and gender diversity at UCL 

Race equality 

UCL was one of the first universities in the UK to receive a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award in January 2016 in recognition of our efforts to understand and address racial inequality in higher education.  

The UCL BME Attainment Project is a three-year project to address the disparities in attainment and experience of undergraduate BME and white students at UCL: 

Race equality networks, clubs and societies at UCL, offering networking, peer support and social events: 

Mentoring and leadership development for Black, asian and ethnic minority staff: 

The Fair Recruitment Specialist Scheme sets up racially-diverse recruitment panels, particularly for UCL departments that can’t provide this from within their own staff cohort: 

UCL’s Access and Widening Participation team runs visits, events and programmes for school children and adult learners who are under-represented in higher education: 

Information on racial and xenophobic harassment, including who to contact for support, advice and positive action: 

Religion and belief equality 

Information for students on UCL’s approach to religion and belief equality: 

Information for UCL managers on how to respond to faith-related requests: 

Religion and belief guidance for managers 

Support for Muslim staff during Ramadan: 

Supporting Muslim staff during Ramadan 

Quiet contemplation rooms for staff and registered students: 

Places of worship, Interfaith Forum, events and activities: 

Religious festivals, equality, diversity and inclusion related events and key dates: 

Age equality 

Age is classed as a protected characteristic in equality law and UCL aims to support colleagues of all ages: 

Deaf staff and staff with disabilities 

UCL staff who are Deaf or have a disability can access comprehensive support in the workplace: 

Zero tolerance of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 

UCL and the Students’ Union have set up the Zero Tolerance to Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct campaign, Full Stop. We all have a responsibility to make our university a safe space for all students and staff: 

Staff and students are welcome to talk to Dignity at Work Advisors for informal advice and support. 


HR policies and benefits 

Other relevant policies, benefits and guidance: