We are working together to make UAL an anti-racist university. After consulting staff and students, we have developed a comprehensive anti-racism action plan. This sets clear objectives and expectations for us to tackle racial inequality at UAL.
Some of our plans are new, such as our pledge that 30% of our staff will be Black, Asian and minority ethnic by 2024, but we are not starting from scratch. Many of us have long been working on social and racial justice, and will continue to do so.
Together with staff and students we have drawn up an anti-racism action plan with 10 key objectives. Including clear actions, responsibilities for delivery, timeframes, success criteria and expected outcomes.
Delivering our plan will change our systems and processes - and also our culture. We will make sure we have the right resources to make effective, sustainable progress.
President & Vice-Chancellor of UAL
Director of Human Resources
- Visible accountability and allyship on race equality
- Improve reporting, monitoring and resolution process
- Align anti-racism action plan with UAL EDI strategies
- Anti-racism education across the University
- Create clear statistics and KPIs
- Increase the proportion of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff
- Increase the proportion of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
- Extend numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic Visiting Lecturers
- Decolonising the curriculum
- Eliminating the continuation and degree awarding gap
Our work in action
Decolonising Arts Institute
Explore films from UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, seeking to challenge colonial and imperial legacies and drive cultural, social and institutional change.
Not everyone has equal opportunity to enter higher education. UAL Insights is the University’s outreach programme. It offers young people access to our Colleges for creative activities and pre-university advice and guidance.
MA Internet Equalities
Providing students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds with the skills to understand and implement applied equality in technology development.
Shades of Noir
Discover our Centre for Race and Practice Based Social Justice.
Get involved in some of our students’ union campaigns, and connect with local creatives, community organisations and likeminded students.
Race Equality Charter (REC)
UAL is currently working towards Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC). REC provides a framework through which higher education institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students. UAL’s REC Core Self-Assessment Team is led by Professor Carol Tulloch and Naina Patel (Race Champion).
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Race Champions Forum (RCF)
The Race Champions Forum was established in November 2016 and is made up of around 40 members of staff and student representatives from across UAL committed to progressing race equality within the university. The forum meets termly to share good practice and report on progress towards UAL's bid for the Race Equality Charter. The forum is chaired by Naina Patel, Director of HR and UAL Race Champion.
If you want to get involved in the work of the RCF, contact Isabella Chan, Head of EDI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Group for the Equality of Minority Staff (GEMS)
GEMS was set up to promote the personal development and create a network of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff.
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LCF Unfiltered - Series 1 of a new podcast launches
Friday 28th January marks the launch of LCF Unfiltered, a new podcast developed and hosted by LCF alumna, Roisin Cummins
Publishing our Anti-racism action plan and a demanding target for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff representation
Pledging that 30% of our staff will be Black, Asian and minority ethnic within 3 years.
Choosing our target well: Creative diversity at UAL
We have pledged that, within 3 years, 30% of our workforce will be BAME. James Purnell describes how we selected that target and how we propose to implement it.
Our 10-point anti-racism action plan
The UAL Race Champion, Naina Patel, has lead a comprehensive consultation exercise with staff and students as part of the further development of the university’s anti-racism plan. The Students’ Union has had significant input and students are being consulted on programme and college level initiatives.