UCL launches new race equality scheme
4 August 2010
UCL launched a new race equality scheme in July at an event hosted by Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council.
The new scheme was developed in consultation with staff and students and sets out UCL's vision and intentions for achieving further outcomes in equality and diversity.
The scheme contains an ambitious new target to increase the proportion of black and minority ethnic staff and also focuses on how the organisation can build on the pioneering 'Education for Global Citizenship' programme which engages students in equality and diversity issues through the curriculum.
The scheme draws together the University's ambitions to advance race equality by setting out six new objectives. These are to:
- ensure firm, visible leadership and commitment on race equality from the university's most senior figures
- ensure greater understanding and engagement with equality and diversity issues throughout the university
- employ a more ethnically diverse staff body
- enhance career development opportunities for black and minority ethnic staff
- increase the proportion of UK-domiciled black and minority ethnic students from under-represented target groups
- ensure the university's academic and non-academic support services fully meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
Sir Stephen explained:
"UCL was founded on a radical vision of inclusivity that remains as relevant today as it was then. We welcome students and staff from across the globe and we strive hard to nurture an environment in which everybody feels valued and is encouraged to reach their full potential. We also recognise, however, that as a world-leading institution, there is always more we can do to make certain that all of our practices encourage and promote equality and diversity.
"I am very pleased that UCL commitment to the importance of equality and diversity is supported by the senior management team and staff and students throughout the University. The new race equality scheme is ambitious and I look forward to the outcomes we will see as we begin to implement it."
An action plan has been developed by staff and students, with support from the Equalities Team to ensure delivery of the objectives in the scheme. It is intended that the actions will be completed by the summer of 2013.
Full details of the scheme and the related action plan can be found at the link above.
Image: Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council, at the launch of UCL's race equality scheme