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Student diversity

We are proud of our diverse student communities. We are committed to ensuring UAL is an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.

The Equality Act 2010 and University's Strategy (2022-2032) sets out our commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment (gender identity)
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • caring responsibilities
  • socio-economic background.

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    ArtSU  

    Confidential support independent from the university. You can also become part of student communities by joining societies based on culture, faith, welfare, and other categories.

Student representation, collaboration and partnerships

Student Union 

Our Student Union Sabbatical Officers represent students in strategic forums, committees and groups, including:

  • Champions Forums
  • Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team and Student Working Group.

ArtsSU connects our community with over 120 student societies in areas such as faith, culture, welfare and more.

Shades of Noir 

An anti-racism platform that supports:

  • accessible knowledge
  • cultural currency
  • curriculum design
  • pedagogies of social justice through representation.

Learn more about Shades of Noir and access articles, journals and resources.

Creative Shift

A community that believes in shaping diversity in the Creative industries and provides opportunities to enhance students’ personal and professional development.

  • gain access to diverse industry contacts
  • work on co-created projects and live briefs
  • develop skills within a collaborative environment.

Find out more about Creative Shift and how you can get involved.

Decolonising Arts Institute

UAL has a Decolonising Arts Institute, working to challenge colonial and imperial legacies, disrupt ways of seeing, listening, thinking and making in order to drive cultural, social and institutional change. Currently working on two major projects:

  • Transforming Collections: Reimagining Art, Nation and Heritage, in collaboration with the Creative Computing Institute and Tate among 15 UK partners.
  • 20/20, bringing together 20 emerging artists of colour and 20 UK public art collections, leading to 20 new permanent acquisitions.

Projects

Anti-Racism Strategy

In 2021 we committed to an Anti-Racism Strategy consisting of 10 clear key objectives, with consultation from staff and students, to work to embed anti-racism at UAL.

Race Equality Charter 

UAL is applying for the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, the charter mark provides a framework to achieve anti-racism in both our student and staff bodies.

Religious Observance and Festivals Calendar

UAL has a customised Religious Observance and Festivals Calendar available on Outlook to raise awareness of religion and belief festivals. UAL has also developed a Clash Diary that supports staff to avoid timetabling clashes with major religious observances and festivals. This can be accessed internally by staff on Canvas.

Awareness days

UAL aims to celebrate and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to ensuring that all students are supported, respected and celebrated. We take part in major events such as Pride in London, LGBTQ+ History Month, Black History Month and Disability Awareness Month in addition to other key awareness days.

Policies and guidance

Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion Guidance

There is support and advice available for trans and non-binary students. We have developed guidance for trans and non-binary students at UAL, covering topics such as:

  • name changes (contact diversity@arts.ac.uk for support with changes to your record)
  • gender identity questions at enrolment
  • discussing your transition with others
  • using gender specific facilities at UAL.

Bullying and Harassment Policy

Student carers and parents guidance 

For information about the support available to Student Carers and Student Parents at UAL, please download our guidance.

UAL aims to celebrate and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to ensuring that all students are supported, respected and celebrated. We take part in major events such as Pride in London, LGBTQ+ History Month, Black History Month and Disability Awareness Month in addition to other key awareness days.

Training

Prevention of harassment and sexual violence

Please be aware that the module includes scenarios that discuss rape and sexual assault. We recommend being in a safe space when you complete the module and considering if there is any support that you might want or need.

Short online training module aims to start a conversation about what sexual consent means and challenge myths surrounding sexual violence.

Note - you have to be existing staff or student to access the training.

For further information, guidance and advice around equality, diversity and inclusion at UAL, please get in touch with the Diversity team via diversity@arts.ac.uk.