Everyone's identity matters
The wellbeing of our planet is of unparalleled importance to humanity’s future. And yet it is under threat. All universities – like all organisations and all individuals – have a duty to respond: to put themselves on the side of solutions instead of continuing harm.
UAL has made a commitment to becoming a Social Purpose University. We are pledging to direct our activities to maximise the contribution we can make to long-term wellbeing for all humans and the planet. This is a whole-of-university commitment: it informs our teaching, our operations, our research, our advocacy and the meaning we give to the work we do each day.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to creating a fairer and more inclusive institution for everyone in our University community. Equality, diversity and inclusion are integral parts of our University’s strategy, values and activities.
We support everyone with all characteristics, inclusive of age, disability, gender reassignment (gender identity), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
There are a range of staff networks for staff to join, including the Disabled and Neurodiverse Staff Network, Group for the Equality of Minority Staff, LGBTQ+ Staff Network, and Parents & Carers Network. These networks serve as supportive spaces and ways for staff to organise and progress change through their representative channels.
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.
Disability and neurodiversity
UAL is a member of the Business Disability Forum and is at Level 1 of the Disability Confident scheme. We work with AccessAble to provide full access guides to all of our sites, and additionally have comprehensive guidance for staff on workplace adjustments.
UAL is a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme and in 2022 received a Gold Employers Award from the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
Religion and belief
UAL holds a termly Religion and Belief Champions Forum, which is chaired by a member of UAL’s Executive Board and is made up of staff and students committed to inclusion with respect to religion, belief or no belief.