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UCL’s LGBTQ+ action plan has been launched!

27 October 2023

The LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG) has collaborated with students and staff to conduct extensive research and consultation into inclusive and nurturing environments.

Pride flag on campus

The result of this work is a robust plan of action that will make sure our LGBTQ+ students feel safe, valued and able to thrive at UCL. 

Access the full action plan on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

Our key commitments to students include:

  • Expanding our careers resources and support to make sure students are equipped with the skills to thrive in the workplace as their authentic selves.
  • Providing institutional training to UCL staff so they are equipped to meaningfully support our LGBTQ+ community, particularly our trans, non-binary and gender non-confirming students.
  • Developing the Gender Expression Fund, so that this fund has longevity and can continue supporting as many trans students as possible throughout their time at UCL.
  • Auditing student systems to make sure that changes to name, title and gender can be carried out as seamlessly as possible.
  • Gathering better data on the experiences of LGBTQ+ students at UCL to identify strategies to support them further.

Getting involved

Over the next few months, the Students’ Union will be conducting research on the impact of the Gender Expression Fund and investigating the experiences of LGBTQ+ students using the Volunteering Service.

These projects are crucial in identifying the barriers faced by LGBTQ+ students and creating strategies to overcome them.

More details on these projects and further opportunities will be available soon, so please keep an eye out on UCL channels and engage with them if they are of interest.

Working in partnership 

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the research and consultation for this action plan.

A special thanks go to the Students’ Union Equity and Inclusion Officers, Ahmad Ismail (2023-24) and Seyi Osibamowo (2022-23), and the SU Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Jayne Flowers, who were members of the LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG) and played a crucial role in championing the student voice throughout the development of this action plan.

We look forward to enhancing equality for our LGBTQ+ students and creating a campus environment where everyone is safe, respected and able to thrive.