UCL is firmly committed to promoting equal opportunity. Our Equalities and Diversity Policy and Strategy underlies every aspect of our student selection process.
UCL's Access Agreement outlines our commitment to widening participation at UCL. We spend around 30% of our additional fee income on measures to widen access.
Equalities and Diversity Policy
UCL's Equalities and Diversity Policy in respect of student recruitment and admissions is as follows:
- UCL is committed to provide a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected, and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment including bullying;
- this policy means that all students and employees of UCL have the right to study or work in an environment free from discrimination, prejudice and all forms of harassment or bullying;
- the above policy must be adhered to in all matters concerning student recruitment and admissions. UCL is committed to a programme of action to ensure that this and other equalities policies is implemented and monitored at an organisational and individual level. Each department has a Departmental Equal Opportunities Liaison Officer who disseminates information on good practice and training.
What is meant by "equal opportunity"?
In the recruitment and selection of students the only consideration must be that the individual meets, or is likely to meet, the requirements of the programme or course.
Factors such as sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, ethnic origin, race, religion, colour, nationality, political beliefs, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, disability and age should not be taken into account for the purposes of:
- staff recruitment, appointment, training, appraisal, promotion, discipline etc.;
- students' application to and acceptance on to a programme of study, and assessment of academic performance.
Selection for a programme of study or for a job should be made solely on merit.