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Equality, diversity and inclusion

The University was founded upon the principles of equality and established to provide education on the basis of merit. Since then we have amended our Statutes to include the following statement from the University of London Statutes:

"The University shall not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion, social background or political belief. (21.1)"

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2019-20


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Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (2016-19)

Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (2016-2019) provides a framework to ensure that it will meet its obligations under the Act.

The Strategy sets out eight key strategic objectives across all areas of the University’s function. This includes objectives in respect of its role as an HEI; its role of employer and in respect of central services such as estates management, procurement and communications. The objectives were developed following an institution-wide gap analysis and in consultation with key senior staff.

Dignity and Respect

The University of London is committed to a safe and secure working environment in which everyone can effectively contribute to the best of their abilities regardless of their personal characteristics. The University promotes mutual respect, tolerance and understanding throughout our diverse workforce.

The purpose of this guidance is to promote a respectful and inclusive workplace culture at the University of London. It sets out the standards of behaviour that are expected of our staff in carrying out their employment in order to foster a positive working and studying environment.


The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the University meets its legal duties under the terms of the Equality Act (2010), including the Public Sector Equality Duty, and for ensuring that the objectives set out in our Strategy are monitored and progressed.

The Equality and Diversity Committee has responsibility for providing the appropriate strategic direction and co-ordination of day-to-day actions to ensure this action plan is progressed.  The Equality and Diversity Committee reports annually to the Board of Trustees, the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, its staff consultative group(s), trade unions and Staff Association. This report will become the University’s annual diversity report and will be published on the website to ensure a transparent approach.

Our dedicated Head of Inclusion reports to our Director of Compliance and Secretary to the Board and is the key contact on our institutional approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. Any comments or questions on the University’s approach to inclusion can be emailed to:

Freedom of Expression Statement

As an international group of universities, we have a strong and longstanding commitment to the values of freedom of expression. Read our Freedom of Expression and Speech position statement:

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We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010, as part of our proud tradition of commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity for all.