UCL Faculty of Life Sciences


Our vision and approach

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at UCL Life Sciences, and have made it a central focus of our activities and culture.

Our vision and approach

We believe that there is real momentum in achieving significant gains toward Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion now. This will benefit current and future generations and we are determined for UCL and the Faculty of Life Sciences to lead these efforts. Our aim is to assemble those in our faculty that are willing to lead on actions promoting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and to increase the visibility of our efforts within the faculty by sharing good practice and driving a cultural change.

We have used a proven eight-step process to embed this change across the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences to great effect.  You can read more about the process we’ve gone through here:  Embedding a successful EDI culture – in eight steps 

FLS Equity Leads

The five 'Equity Lead' positions for the Faculty of Life Sciences cover five protected characteristics; Gender, LGBTQ+, Disability, Race, and Religion and Beliefs. Equity Leads are a member of the FLS EDI Operations Group, and the point of contact for issues related to these specific protected characteristics for staff and students from the Faculty of Life Sciences Departments/Divisions/Institutes. In addition, they will sit on UCL Equity Groups to support the delivery of UCL priorities related to specific protected characteristics.

Equity Leads have a proactive role in identifying and enabling actions to ensure real change for these protected characteristics at Faculty level to contribute to a long-term structured and practical approach for bringing about the cultural and systemic changes at UCL.


Robertus de Bruin

Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) - Robertus de Bruin

Meet our Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), Robertus de Bruin.

Professor Steve Perkins

Equity Lead (Disability) - Steve Perkins

Meet our Equity Lead (Disability), Steve Perkins. 

Ki Hng

Equity Lead (LGBTQ+) - Ki Hng

Meet our Equity Lead (LGBTQ+), Ki Hng. 

Vilaiwan Fernandes

Equity Lead (Race)

Meet our Equity Lead (Race), Vilaiwan Fernandes. 

Sudaxshina Murdan

Equity Lead (Religion and Beliefs) - Sudaxshina Murdan

Meet our Equity Lead (Religion and Beliefs), Sudaxshina Murdan.