UCL was founded in 1826 to open up education to those who had previously been excluded from it and the ethos of inclusion remains at the heart of the university today; whatever your background, there is a place at UCL for you if you have the drive and commitment to be the best in your field.
An inclusive culture starts at the top
Fostering a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment is crucial to innovation and wellbeing, and it starts at the top: equality objectives are a key feature of the annual performance plans of each member of the Senior Management Team and members of the Senior Management Team also take on equality leadership roles.
UCL is committed to making all aspects of university life accessible and it is a priority that students, staff and visitors can all have equal access to learning and teaching, studying and socialising, working and relaxing. We believe that everyone at UCL should have an equal opportunity to participate and contribute, and work to support everyone to achieve their ambitions. At UCL, you'll find support including:
- Workplace adjustments: UCL will take any reasonable actions to make sure a disabled person is not at a disadvantage in comparison with a non-disabled person from UCL provisions and practices, or any physical feature of premises.
- The Route Finder Service to find accessible routes around the UCL campus.
- Support with IT equipment and software.
Our awards and charter marks
We're proud to have been awarded a number of charter marks in recognition of our achievements in equality, diversity and inclusion and we are also currently working towards the Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard accreditation.
In 2015 UCL received a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), in recognition of the university’s commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education. Several departments have also received Gold Athena SWAN awards.
HR Excellence in Research
UCL gained the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award in 2013, which has been successfully reviewed in 2015 and 2017. The award recognises the systems and practices we have in place to support researchers' career and professional development in line with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
Race Equality Charter Bronze Award
UCL was one of the first universities in the UK to be formally awarded for its efforts to understand, and take steps to address, racialised inequalities in the academy. The university was only one of eight institutions to receive a Bronze award for a pioneering, national pilot of the Race Equality Charter for higher education in 2015.
Stonewall UK Diversity Champion
UCL is a member of Stonewall’s UK Diversity Champions programme and has been in the Workplace Equality Index (WEI) top 100 of gay-friendly employers three times, including this year.