UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Working at the crossroads of many diverse cultures, languages, and ethnic and national identities, we at SSEES value and celebrate differences of all kinds. Proud of UCL’s longstanding commitment to egalitarian values, we acknowledge that, like many institutions, UCL nonetheless continues in many ways to reflect the same structural inequalities that plague wider society. UCL SSEES is committed to positive action on the path toward a more inclusive university and society.  We are working to build a welcoming, fair and accessible environment for all students and staff regardless of gender, race,  sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion and belief. We aim to learn from the students and staff who study and work here, and we welcome all feedback to make SSEES a more inclusive place of study and work.

The department has an EDI Committee, which is responsible for overseeing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities and initiatives in the department. We are always looking for ways to make SSEES more inclusive, so if you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to get in touch with the current EDI Committee chair, Dr Olga Voronina. 

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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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Support and networks for the LGBTQ+ community

Mental health

Support and wellbeing

University is a wonderful place, but it can also be stressful, and staff and students can face many challenges. 

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Family-friendly working

SSEES is committed to supporting staff and students with caring responsibilities to successfully manage their work-life balance.

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Support for students with a range of conditions and difficulties is available from the Student Disability Services.



This page includes details about female role models; parental leave and other leave; pregnancy; gender equality network; male allies and parents and carers networks.

EDI training

EDI Training

Information on easily accessible courses, including online courses, at UCL about equality, diversity and inclusion issues. 

Dignity at UCL

Dignity at UCL

Information on UCL's policy towards harassment, intimidation and bullying, as well as advice for staff and students.