UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


BAME Support

SSEES is committed to being a place where everyone feels welcome and valued, including all individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

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We welcome recent initiatives within Slavic and East European Studies to acknowledge and address issues such as the historic underrepresentation of BAME people among scholars and students in our field and the specific vulnerability of BAME people who travel in our region.

More information about race, ethnicity, and diversity in Slavic and Eastern European Studies can be found at:

More information about college-wide BAME initiatives can be found via the central Race Equality web pages where you will find information on UCL's race equality charter; race equality steering group; BAME academic and professional mentoring schemes; BAME networks and societies; BAME attainment and information on how to report racial and xenophobic harassment. UCL SSEES operates a zero tolerance policy on any form of racial abuse or harassment. If you would like to report any instances of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct, you can do so via UCL Report + Support

The UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation explores the impact of racism - scientific, metaphysical and cultural. They regularly hold events on interesting subjects and release podcasts with interesting guests available on all streaming platforms. 

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SSEES Society BAME Network

Following the proposal and initiative of SSEES Student, Ehigie, the SSEES Student Society has supported the development of the SSEES Society BAME Network as a subgroup of the Student Society. The SSEES Society Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network is inspired by and will take lead from the work of the UCL Student’s Union Student Network. The network works to better represent the views of SSEES students who self-define as BAME, including but not limited to, students with African, Asian, Arab, Caribbean, and Indigenous heritages. All students, regardless of how they identify, are welcome to join the Network to learn more about how to support each other.  

The network will include social events and meetings with the SSEES Society Committee Members (such as SSEES Student President and Welfare Officer) to discuss how the SSEES Student Society can better represent and support our students. There is also an opportunity for students to network with each other, organise any campaigns or projects, and enjoy some social events. If you would like to join a group chat for the network on WhatsApp, please get in touch with President of the SSEES Society, Freya Proudman via email freya.proudman.18@ucl.ac.uk



UCL's First Generation Society

All students are welcome to access support provided by the UCL's First Generation Society. This support network is for all students and alumni of the first generation in their family to enter higher education and ethnic minority students. They are helping to ensure the welfare of a portion of UCL’s student body that often feels marginalised and unwelcome. Their activity supports students through an online community, regular events (career, social and skills-focused) and they are working with UCL’s Widening Participation team in relation to support their interventions.They are also running mentoring and a buddy scheme programmes. 

First Gen Society